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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Clarence Darrow  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: April 18, 1857 in Trumble County, Ohio

Died: March 13, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Darrow
-- Clarence Darrow on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=clarence+darrow


Illinois Connection

After becoming a lawyer, Clarence Darrow moved to Chicago to become a corprations lawyer for the railroad company.

Biographical and Professional Information

Clarence Darrow was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924 and defending John T. Scopes in the so-called "Monkey" Trial in 1925, in which he opposed the statesman William Jennings Bryan. He is best known as a crusading "attorney for the damned." In addition, he served as general attorney for the Chicago and North-Western Railway Company in 1887, and was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives from 1903 to 1904.


Selected Titles At Your Library

An eye for an eye /
ISBN: 1886363072. OCLC Number:

Lawbook Exchange,. Union, N.J. :. 1996.

The story of my life /
ISBN: 0306807386. OCLC Number:

Da Capo Press,. New York :. 1996.

In The Story of My Life recounts, and reflects on, his more than fifty years as a corporate, labor, and criminal lawyer, including the most celebrated and notorious cases of his day: establishing the legal right of a union to strike in the Woodworkers' Conspiracy Case; exposing, on behalf of the United Mine Workers, the shocking conditions in the mines and the widespread use of child labor; defending Leopold and Loeb in the Chicago "thrill" murder case; defending a teacher's right to present the Darwinian theory of evolution in the famous Scopes trial; fighting racial hatred in the Sweet anti-Negro and the Scottsboro cases; and much more. Written in his disarming, conversational style, and full of refreshingly relevant views on capital punishment, civil liberties,

Attorney for the damned :
ISBN: 0226136493. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 1989.

"While there has been much written about Clarence Darrow, nothing gives quite the full flavour of the man as do these addresses. Here is Darrow in the raw - as fresh as the day he spoke. These pages contain for the most part addresses which Darrow delivered to juries in criminal cases. There are in addition speeches on controversial people and subjects. Throughout each of them runs a common thread - his antagonism toward bigotry, prejudice, ignorance, and hate." -- from the Foreword by Justice William O. Douglas.