Worse Than The Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, And Justice In A Time Of Terror

Paperback | May 24, 2016

byDean A. Strang

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In 1917 a bomb exploded in a Milwaukee police station, killing nine officers and a civilian. Days later, a trial began for eleven Italian immigrants who had already been in jail for months for an unrelated riot. The specter of the bombing, for which no one had been arrested, haunted the proceedings. Against the backdrop of World War I and amid a prevailing hatred and fear of radical immigrants and anarchists, the Italians had an unfair trial. Famed attorney Clarence Darrow led an appeal that gained freedom for most of the convicted, but his own methods were deeply suspect. The entire case left a dark, though largely forgotten, stain on American justice.

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In 1917 a bomb exploded in a Milwaukee police station, killing nine officers and a civilian. Days later, a trial began for eleven Italian immigrants who had already been in jail for months for an unrelated riot. The specter of the bombing, for which no one had been arrested, haunted the proceedings. Against the backdrop of World War I ...

Dean A. Strang is a criminal defense lawyer in Madison, Wisconsin, and an adjunct professor at the law schools of the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299309142

ISBN - 13:9780299309145

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Preface to the 2016 Edition
 
1 What the Scrubwoman Found
2 Eleven
3 American Anarchists
4 Doffed Hats and Honored Flags: Buttoned Coats, Pigs, and Rags
5 Chaos
6 Of Counsel
7 "The Public Mind Has Become Violently Inflamed against All Italians"
8 Darrow
9 May It Please the Court
10 Infernal Machine
 
Appendix
Notes
Index

Editorial Reviews

“A riveting account of a miscarriage of justice relevant to our times, when fear of radicals of a different stripe may infect our system of justice.”—Booklist