Attorney for the Damned: Clarence Darrow in the Courtroom

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byClarence Darrow

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A famous defender of the underdog, the oppressed, and the powerless, Clarence Darrow (1857–1938) is one of the true legends of the American legal system. His cases were many and various, but all were marked by his unequivocal sense of justice, as well as his penchant for representing infamous and unpopular clients, such as the Chicago thrill killers Leopold and Loeb; Ossian Sweet, the African American doctor charged with murder after fighting off a violent, white mob in Detroit; and John T. Scopes, the teacher on trial in the famous Scopes Monkey Trial.
Published for the first time in 1957, Attorney for the Damned collects Darrow’s most influential summations and supplements them with scene-setting explanations and comprehensive notes by Arthur Weinberg. Darrow confronts issues that remain relevant over half a century after his death: First Amendment rights, capital punishment, and the separation of church and state. With an insightful forward by Justice William O. Douglas, this volume serves as a powerful reminder of Darrow’s relevance today.

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A famous defender of the underdog, the oppressed, and the powerless, Clarence Darrow (1857–1938) is one of the true legends of the American legal system. His cases were many and various, but all were marked by his unequivocal sense of justice, as well as his penchant for representing infamous and unpopular clients, such as the Chicago ...

Arthur Weinberg (1915–1989) was the Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He was coauthor, with Lila Weinberg, of The Muckrakers, Verdicts Out of Court, and Clarence Darrow: A Sentimental Rebel, among other books.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.5 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Justice William O. Douglas
Introduction by Arthur Weinberg

Part One - Against Vengeance


Crime and Criminals
Address, Chicago, 1902: Inmates of County Jail in Chicago get a lecture on revolutionary theories of crime.
The Crime of Compulsion
Leopold and Loeb, Chicago, 1924: Teen-age sons of two millionaires attempt the perfect crime—kidnaping and murder
Is Capital Punishment a Wise Policy?
Debate, New York, 1924: Darrow debates Judge Talley who challenged Darrow's views on crime and capital punishment.
The "Unwritten Law"
The Massie Case, Honolulu, 1932: A strange and puzzling case, a study of psychology; kidnaping and murder because of honor

Part Two - Against Prejudice


Freedom Knows No Limits
The Communist Trial, Chicago, 1920: Twenty members of the Communist Labor party are charged with "conspiracy to advocate the overthrow of the government by force."
You Can't Teach That!
The Scopes Evolution Case, Dayton, Tennessee, 1925: Darrow meets William Jennings Bryan in the famous "Monkey Trial."
You Can't Live There!
The Sweet Case, Detroit, 1926: A Negro family moves into a white neighborhood. A mob attempts to get them to move. One of the mob is killed. Dr. Sweet and friends are indicted for murder.

Part Three - Against Privilege


Somewhere There Is a Conspiracy
The Kidd Case, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 1898: Kidd, a union organizer, is charged with conspiracy, growing out of a strike in the large sash-and-door factory in Oshkosh
Strike, Arbitration
Anthracite Miners,, Scranton and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1903: Darrow represents the United Mine Workers' union before President Theodore Roosevelt's Anthracite Miner Commission, investigating conditions in the mines.
A Governor Is Murdered
Steve Adams, Wallace, Idaho, 1907; Haywood, Moyer and Pettibone, Boise, Idaho, 1907: Steve Adams, the prologue to the Haywood case. Haywood, first of three union leaders tried for the murder of ex-Governor Steunenberg; the confession of Harry Orchard and his story.

Part Four - For Justice


They Tried to Get Me
Darrow in his Own Defense, Los Angeles, 1912: Darrow is indicted and tried for attemped bribe of a juror in the McNamara case. He accuses his enemies as conspirators against his freedom.
John Brown 1800-1859
"One of the most purest and bravest and highest-minded patriots of any age."
John Peter Altgeld 1847-1902
"A lover of his fellow-men."
Sources
Selected Bibliography
Index

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"Thank goodness for court reporters, so we have these masterworks by Clarence Darrow, America’s Cicero. We should be even more grateful for Arthur Weinberg’s skilful edit and arrangement of these speeches – starting with Darrow addressing prisoners in Cook County Jail and ending with an address to keep himself out of prison. While Darrow was one of America’s greatest lawyers, and while this book is better than an entire college course in Rhetoric, I hope readers grasp that he was one of the great American writers – a writer whose work takes us to far darker places than most of our great writers dare to go. This book can make you despair about the country, and cherish it for the brilliance and honesty of speeches like these."