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Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror

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"Strang, a criminal defense lawyer and professor of law, examines the dramatic case of the Bay View Eleven, a group of Italian immigrants arrested after a Milwaukee riot in 1917. In this in-depth study, he analyzes how their trial, coming on the heels of a police station bombing, was grossly mismanaged and sensationalized — essentially acting as proxy for the other tragedy. From an 'ineffectual' judge to feuding lawyers in a system biased against Italians, all cards were stacked against the defendants. Strang covers every aspect of the case in exhaustive, sometimes lurid, detail, drawing in outlying factors such as the anarchist Emma Goldman, the renowned lawyer Clarence Darrow, the mass trial of the IWW, and the unrelated bombing which played such a pivotal role. Accessible if prone to purple prose, Strang paints a convincing and critical picture of the events in question, illuminating this moment in American history and justice. The result is an expose of a corrupt, confusing, much-abused system during a time lacking in oversight, bound to be of interest to scholars and hobbyists alike. 20 b/w photos. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In 1917 a bomb exploded in a Milwaukee police station, killing nine officers and a civilian. Those responsible never were apprehended, but police, press, and public all assumed that the perpetrators were Italian. Days later, eleven alleged Italian anarchists went to trial on unrelated charges involving a fracas that had occurred two months before. Against the backdrop of World War I, and amidst a prevailing hatred and fear of radical immigrants, the Italians had an unfair trial. The specter of the larger, uncharged crime of the bombing haunted the proceedings and assured convictions of all eleven. Although Clarence Darrow led an appeal that gained freedom for most of the convicted, the celebrated lawyer's methods themselves were deeply suspect. The entire case left a dark, if hidden, stain on American justice.

    Largely overlooked for almost a century, the compelling story of this case emerges vividly in this meticulously researched book by Dean A. Strang. In its focus on a moment when patriotism, nativism, and terror swept the nation, Worse than the Devil exposes broad concerns that persist even today as the United States continues to struggle with administering criminal justice to newcomers and outsiders.

About the Author

Dean A. Strang is a criminal defense lawyer in Madison, Wisconsin, and an adjunct professor at the law schools of the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University. For more than fifteen years he lived on the Milwaukee block that was the scene of the September 1917 riot.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
 
1 What the Scrubwoman Found
2 Eleven
3 American Anarchists
4 Doffed Hats and Honored Flags: Buttoned Coats, Pigs, and Rags
5 Chaos
6 Of Counsel
7 "The Public Mind Has Become Violently Inflamed against All Italians"
8 Darrow
9 May It Please the Court
10 Infernal Machine
 
Appendix
Notes
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299293949
Author:
Strang, Dean A.
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Subject:
Law : General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b/w photos, 1 map
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Strang, a criminal defense lawyer and professor of law, examines the dramatic case of the Bay View Eleven, a group of Italian immigrants arrested after a Milwaukee riot in 1917. In this in-depth study, he analyzes how their trial, coming on the heels of a police station bombing, was grossly mismanaged and sensationalized — essentially acting as proxy for the other tragedy. From an 'ineffectual' judge to feuding lawyers in a system biased against Italians, all cards were stacked against the defendants. Strang covers every aspect of the case in exhaustive, sometimes lurid, detail, drawing in outlying factors such as the anarchist Emma Goldman, the renowned lawyer Clarence Darrow, the mass trial of the IWW, and the unrelated bombing which played such a pivotal role. Accessible if prone to purple prose, Strang paints a convincing and critical picture of the events in question, illuminating this moment in American history and justice. The result is an expose of a corrupt, confusing, much-abused system during a time lacking in oversight, bound to be of interest to scholars and hobbyists alike. 20 b/w photos. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1917 a bomb exploded in a Milwaukee police station, killing nine officers and a civilian. Those responsible never were apprehended, but police, press, and public all assumed that the perpetrators were Italian. Days later, eleven alleged Italian anarchists went to trial on unrelated charges involving a fracas that had occurred two months before. Against the backdrop of World War I, and amidst a prevailing hatred and fear of radical immigrants, the Italians had an unfair trial. The specter of the larger, uncharged crime of the bombing haunted the proceedings and assured convictions of all eleven. Although Clarence Darrow led an appeal that gained freedom for most of the convicted, the celebrated lawyer's methods themselves were deeply suspect. The entire case left a dark, if hidden, stain on American justice.

    Largely overlooked for almost a century, the compelling story of this case emerges vividly in this meticulously researched book by Dean A. Strang. In its focus on a moment when patriotism, nativism, and terror swept the nation, Worse than the Devil exposes broad concerns that persist even today as the United States continues to struggle with administering criminal justice to newcomers and outsiders.

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