Clarence Darrow is America’s most famous lawyer. His cases were legendary: Debs, the LA Times Bombing, Scopes, Leopold and Loeb, and, of course, Ossian Sweet. Darrow’s big cases, however, were not merely about the law. Rather, they were means to political ends. For five decades—an amazingly long time in American politics—he used the courtroom to fight for and to expand liberties, rights, and freedoms so that average people could have a fair chance of living the American dream. Andrew E. Kersten, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, will chronicle Clarence Darrow’s importance as a political figure, as well as a legal one. A book signing will follow the presentation. Sponsored in part by the Michigan Humanities Council and the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation VanderVeen Center for the Book Fund. Free and open to the public. (abridle)
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