Clarence Darrow: The Creation of An American Myth

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Darrow's last trial, the Massie case in Honolulu in 1932.

Darrow was an extremely active speaker and debater on the lecture circuit, and Chapter 6, "Verdicts Out of Court: Darrow as Lecturer and Writer," delineates that part of his rhetoric. Some biographers have argued that Darrow was more comfortable as a performer before large audiences than in the courtroom. This chapter will detail both Darrow's career as a lecturer and his themes and arguments. A comparison will be drawn between Darrow's legal and public presentations.

Throughout his life Darrow wrote numerous significant essays and works of fiction. Chapter 6 will analyze Darrow's writings in an attempt to compare the ideas in those writings with those in his speeches. It will also focus on how Darrow helped to sustain and enlarge his myth through his writings.

As an aid to the researcher of Darrow's rhetoric, authoritative texts of several of Darrow's most famous speeches have been included. The following speeches, keyed to the critical chapters, represent the core of Darrow's legal and public rhetoric: Speech in Self-Defense, 1912; Speech in Defense of Leopold and Loeb, 1924; Speech at Scopes Trial, 1925; Speech at Sweet Trial, 1926; Speech at Massie Trial, 1932; Eulogy of John P. Altgeld, 1902; and the Address to Prisoners in the Cook County Jail, 1902.

The back matter contains a chronological list of Darrow's speeches and addresses, a bibliography subdivided into appropriate categories, and a thorough index.


NOTES
1.
John Graham, Great American Speeches, 1898- 1963 ( New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1970), p. 31.
2.
Martin Maloney, "Clarence Darrow," in A History and Criticism of American PublicAddress

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Series Foreword ix
  • Foreword xiii
  • I- Clarence Darrow 1
  • Introduction 8
  • 1- The Making of a Nonconformist 11
  • 2- Schoolmaster of the Courtroom 29
  • 3- The Old Lion 61
  • Educating the Masses- Darrow in Tennessee 85
  • 5- Speaking for the Poor and Weak 113
  • 6- Verdicts out of Court 141
  • II- Collected Speeches 153B
  • Speech in Self-Defense Los Angeles, 1912 155
  • Speech in Defense of Leopold and Loeb Chicago, 1924 167
  • Speech at Scopes Trial - Dayton, Tennessee, 1925 199
  • Speech at Sweet Trial - Detroit, 1926 219
  • Speech at Massie Trial Honolulu 1932 253
  • Eulogy of John P. Altgeld Chicago, 1902 267
  • Address to Prisoners in Cook County Jail Chicago, 1902 271
  • Chronology of Speeches 285
  • Bibliography 297
  • Index 325
  • About the Author 329
  • Great American Orators 331
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