Clarence Darrow: The Creation of an American Myth

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Speech at Scopes Trial

Dayton, Tennessee, 1925

I know my friend, McKenzie, whom I have learned not only to admire, but to love in our short acquaintance, didn't mean anything in referring to us lawyers who come from out of town. For myself, I have been treated with the greatest courtesy by the attorneys and the courtroom. . . . And I shall always remember that this court is the first one that ever gave me a great title of "Colonel" and I hope it will stick to me when I get back north. . . . But so far as coming from other cities is concerned, why, Your Honor, it is easy here. I came from Chicago, and my friend, Malone, and friend Hays, came from New York, and on the other side we have a distinguished and very pleasant gentleman who came from California and another who is prosecuting this case, and who is responsible for this foolish, mischievous and wicked act, who comes from Florida.

This case we have to argue is a case at law, and hard as it is for me to bring my mind to conceive it, almost impossible as it is to put my mind back into the sixteenth century, I am going to argue it as if it was serious, and as if it was a death struggle between two civilizations.

Let us see, now what there is about it. We have been informed that the legislature has the right to prescribe the course of study in

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Table of contents

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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