The Story Of My Life

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306807381
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 664,511
  • Product dimensions: 1.14 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

In 1894 Clarence S. Darrow (1857–1938) resigned from his lucrative job as chief counsel for the Chicago and North Western Railway to defend, without fee, Eugene V. Debs, president of the nascent American Railway Union. This bold action—the first of many—marked the beginning of one of the most extraordinary and influential legal careers in American history.

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Introduction

Darrow's cases have become the stuff of legend, drama, and film. But the stories are fascinating—an important part of twentieth century Americana. There is also philosophy, criminology, labor economics, politics, religion, and even love. Whether legend, history, or a combination thereof, The Story of My Life is still must reading for all citizens who care about liberties and our legal system.
—(Alan M. Dershowitz, from his Introduction)
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