Clarence Darrow: The Creation of an American Myth

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Speech at Sweet Trial

Detroit, 1926

If the court please, gentlemen of the jury: You have listened so long and patiently that I do not know whether you are able to stand much more. I want to say, however, that while I have tried a good many cases in the forty-seven or forty-eight years that I have lived in courthouses, that in one way this has been one of the pleasantest trials I have been in. The kindness and consideration of the Court is such as to make it easy for everybody, and I have seldom found as courteous, gentlemanly and kind opponents as I have had in this case. I appreciate their friendship. Lawyers are apt to look at cases from different standpoints, and I sometimes find it difficult to understand how a lawyer on the other side can think as he thinks and say what he says; I, being an extremely reasonable man and extremely free from all kinds of prejudices myself, find this hard to comprehend.

My friend Mr. Moll says, gentlemen, that this isn't a race question. This is a murder case. We don't want any prejudice; we don't want the other side to have any. Race and color have nothing to do with this case. This is a case of murder.

I insist that there is nothing but prejudice in this case; that if it was reversed and eleven white men had shot and killed a black

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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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