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Clarence Darrow: The Creation of an American Myth (Great American Orators)

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He reviled the rich for their cupidity and they found his rhetoric repulsive. Plebians believed him their champion and patricians knew he was their bete noire, remarks Halford Ryan in his eloquent foreword to this definitive survey of Clarence Darrow's development as orator and unique American myth. As a writer, lecturer, debater, and trial lawyer Darrow spoke for the have-nots and cultivated an image of mythic proportions as the underdog's advocate. Many of the more than 2,000 trials in which he was active reflected the major social and philosophical issues of the last quarter of the nineteenth and first third of the twentieth centuries in America. Read today, Darrow's speeches still ring true both as political statements and as models of persuasive pleading and pathos--reason enough to study the work of this uncommon advocate who stood perpetually opposed to the great and powerful of the earth. Richard J. Jensen has written a clearsighted volume that documents how Darrow created and then enlarged his personal myth through speeches, writings, and actions. Each chapter focuses on particular segments of that creation. Half of the book consists of authoritative texts of several of Darrow's most influential and rhetorically brilliant speeches, and a speech chronology simplifies the work of researchers.

The study opens with a brief biography, an overview of Darrow's rhetoric, along with the forces that affected it, and some initial comments on the elements that make up the myth. The next chapter, Schoolmaster of the Courtroom, chronicles the origins of Darrow's image as a defender of the downtrodden and his early trials in defense of labor unions and their leaders. What is considered to be one of the most famous speeches in American legal history, that given by Darrow at the conclusion of the 1924 Leopold and Loeb trial, is the focus of Chapter Three. Chapter Four centers on the Scopes Trial, perhaps the most famous trial in recent American history, during which the dramatic confrontation with William Jennings Bryan occurred. The penultimate chapter explains the arguments Darrow used to defend the poor, radicals, Blacks, and other less fortunate members of society. Finally, Darrow's rhetoric as a writer and as an active speaker and debater on the lecture circuit is examined. Part II contains the authoritative texts of seven speeches including those given during the Leopold and Loeb Trial and the Scopes Trial, among others. The Chronology of Speeches, Bibliography, and Index close the volume. The speeches along with Jensen's intelligent, readable analysis and criticism will be an important resource for those teaching and studying Legal Rhetoric and the History of Public Address.

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Documents how writer, lecturer, debater, and trial lawyer Darrow (1857-1938) created and then enlarged his personal myth through speeches, writings, and actions. Each chapter focuses on particular segments of that creation. Half of the book consists of authoritative texts of several of Darrow's most influential and rhetorically brilliant speeches, and a speech chronology simplifies the work of researchers.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Clarence Darrow, trial lawyer of the famous Scopes and Leopold/Loeb Trials, writer, debater, and lecturer who spoke for the have-nots while cultivating an image of mythic proportions, is the subject of this two-part study that first surveys Darrow's life and rhetoric and then provides authoritative texts of his important speeches along with a complete speech chronology. Jensen documents the creation and enlargement of Darrow's personal myth and provides intelligent analysis and criticism of the rhetoric.

Synopsis:

This two-part study first surveys Darrow's life and rhetoric and then provides authoritative texts of his important speeches along with a complete speech chronology. Jensen documents the creation and enlargement of Darrow's personal myth and provides intelligent analysis and criticism of the rhetoric.

About the Author

RICHARD J. JENSEN is Professor of Communication, University of New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Foreword, Halford Ryan

Clarence Darrow

Introduction

The Making of a Nonconformist

Schoolmaster of the Courtroom

The Old Lion: Defending Leopold and Loeb

Educating the Masses: Darrow in Tennessee

Speaking for the Poor and Weak

Verdicts Out of Court; Darrow as Lecturer and Writer

Collected Speeches

Speech in Self Defense, 1912

Speech in Defense of Leopold and Loeb, 1924

Speech in Scopes Trial, 1925

Speech at Sweet Trial, 1926

Speech at the Massie Trial, 1932

Eulogy of John P. Altgeld, 1902

Address to Prisoners in Cook County Jail, 1902

Chronology of Speeches

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313259906
Author:
Jensen, Richard J.
Publisher:
Greenwood Press
Author:
Jensen, Richard
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Lawyers
Subject:
Forensic orations
Subject:
Oral pleading
Subject:
Oral pleading -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Lawyers -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Criminology
Series:
Great American orators,
Series Volume:
9309no. 12
Publication Date:
19920531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.56x6.51x1.02 in. 1.39 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Clarence Darrow, trial lawyer of the famous Scopes and Leopold/Loeb Trials, writer, debater, and lecturer who spoke for the have-nots while cultivating an image of mythic proportions, is the subject of this two-part study that first surveys Darrow's life and rhetoric and then provides authoritative texts of his important speeches along with a complete speech chronology. Jensen documents the creation and enlargement of Darrow's personal myth and provides intelligent analysis and criticism of the rhetoric.
"Synopsis" by , This two-part study first surveys Darrow's life and rhetoric and then provides authoritative texts of his important speeches along with a complete speech chronology. Jensen documents the creation and enlargement of Darrow's personal myth and provides intelligent analysis and criticism of the rhetoric.
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