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Today in History: Clarence Darrow

Last Updated on March 21, 2022

Clarence Darrow: The Story of My Life
Today in History–April 18–TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus features legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow, born on this day in 1857. Darrow first gained notoriety as a labor lawyer defending union leaders in Chicago. He later went on to become one of the most well-known and well-respected criminal defense attorneys in the United States. Darrow is particularly remembered for his roles in the Haywood Trial, the Leopold and Loeb murder trial, and the Scopes “monkey” trial. Learn more about this articulate advocate by investigating a variety of primary and secondary sources linked to below.

Clarence Darrow primary source set

Clarence Darrow image set

Clarence Darrow timeline & select newspaper articles

More Clarence Darrow historical newspaper coverage

The Haywood Trial select newspaper articles:

Clarence Darrow Is Dead in ChicagoNew York Times obituary March 13, 1938

The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection University of Minnesota Law Library

Clarence Darrow and his trials: UMKC School of Law

Everything You Didn’t Know About Clarence DarrowSmithsonian Magazine June 11, 2011

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