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Clarence Darrow : American iconoclast

Author: Andrew Edmund Kersten
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"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,
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Clarence Darrow; Clarence Darrow; Clarence Darrow
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Edmund Kersten
ISBN: 9780809094868 080909486X
OCLC Number: 676728655
Description: xii, 306 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portrait ; 24 cm
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.
Responsibility: Andrew E. Kersten.

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"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.

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