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Author Kersten, Andrew Edmund, 1969-

Title Clarence Darrow : American iconoclast / Andrew E. Kersten

Publ Info New York : Hill and Wang, 2011
Edition First edition
 RWU Main Library  KF213.D3 K47 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portrait ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents A midwestern childhood -- A bum profession -- Becoming the "attorney for the damned" -- Fighting for the people in and out of court -- Labor's lyrical lawyer -- In defense of dynamiters -- Darrow defends Darrow -- War and regret -- The old lion still hunts -- No rest, no retirement, no retreat
Note "Clarence Darrow is best remembered for his individual cases, whether defending the thrill killers Leopold and Loeb or John Scopes's right to teach evolution in the classroom. In the first full-length biography of Darrow in decades, the historian Andrew E. Kersten narrates the complete life of America's most legendary lawyer and the struggle that defined it, the fight for the American traditions of individualism, freedom, and liberty in the face of the country's inexorable march toward modernity. Prior biographers have all sought to shoehorn Darrow, born in 1857, into a single political party or cause. But his politics do not define his career or enduring importance. Going well beyond the familiar story of the socially conscious lawyer and drawing upon new archival records, Kersten shows Darrow as early modernity's greatest iconoclast. What defined Darrow was his response to the rising interference by corporations and government in ordinary working Americans' lives: he zealously dedicated himself to smashing the structures and systems of social control everywhere he went. During a period of enormous transformations encompassing the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, Darrow fought fiercely to preserve individual choice as an ever more corporate America sought to restrict it"--Provided by publisher
"A new biography of American legal giant Clarence Darrow"--Provided by publisher
LC subject Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938
Lawyers -- United States -- Biography
ISBN 9780809094868 (hardback)
080909486X (hardback)