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Name:  Clarence Darrow  

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Born: April 18, 1857 in Trumble County, Ohio

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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.


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Titles At Your Library

Farmington (1904)
ISBN: 0548632820

Kessinger Publishing, LLC. 2007

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

An Eye for an Eye
ISBN: 1886363072

The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.. 1996

Darrow, Clarence S. An Eye for an Eye. New York: Fox Duffield & Company, 1905. 213 pp. Reprinted 1996 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 99-047232. ISBN 1-886363-07-2. Cloth. An Eye for an Eye was Darrow's only fictional work, aside from his autobiographical novel, Farmington, published in 1904. It tells the story of Jim Jackson, who struggles with poverty and harsh circumstances, before finally murdering his wife in a fit of rage. Faced with the gallows, Jackson confesses: "If ther'd been forty scaffolds right before my eyes, I'd have brought down the poker just the same." Darrow's novel is a sociological polemic which foreshadows such later works as Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Abe Ravitz in his Clarence Darrow and the American Literary Tradition (1962) observed that An Eye for an Eye was worthy of a trophy not only for sociological veracity but also for genuine literary achievement.

Resist Not Evil
ISBN: 1430491914

Kessinger Publishing, LLC. 2007

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

The Story Of My Life
ISBN: 0306807386

Da Capo Press. 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, and the judicial system, Darrow's autobiography is a fitting final summation of a remarkable life.

Attorney for the Damned: Clarence Darrow in the Courtroom
ISBN: 0226136493

University Of Chicago Press. 1989

"Clarence Darrow [was] perhaps the most effective courtroom opponent of cant, bigotry, and special privilege that our country has produced. All of Darrow's most celebrated pleas are here—in defense of Leopold and Loeb (1924), of Lieutenant Massie (1932), of Big Bill Haywood (1907), of Thomas Scopes (1925), and of himself for attempted bribery."—The New Yorker

Persian Pearl and Other Essays, A
ISBN: 1410211045

University Press of the Pacific. 2004

Clarence Darrow's first book is the cornerstone of any Darrow collection. It was preceded by only a few newspaper and periodical contributions and by two or three pamphlets. It consists of five essays, the title essay treating the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam, with others on philosophical matters, Walt Whitman, Robert Burns, Realism in Literature and Art, and The Skeleton in the Closet.