|TELOS - Clarence Darrow: His Life and Times
Clarence Darrow is the most (in)famous lawyer in American history. He litigated many "Crimes of the Century." The course (which is intended for all interested adult learners) will focus on his life and times, as well as the Darrow mythology (often generated in movies, plays, novels and television dramas).
This course is much improved over the "first draft" of the course taught a few years ago. There has been a great deal of new material, including two full biographies, several book-length studies of individual cases, magazine articles, movies and archival material (on the internet).
The course will not only study Darrow but will also afford important insights into the context of American social, economic, labor and cultural history in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We will explore the following: (1) Darrow's advocacy on behalf of labor, including the representation of terrorists and assassins; (2) the nadir of his career, when he was tried for bribing jurors in the Los Angeles Times bombing case; and (3)his resurrection from near suicidal depression to tackling a number of important issues, such as free speech and political radicalism, criminal insanity and the death penalty, the teaching of evolution in public schools, residential racial segregation in Northern cities, prejudice and honor in the Territory of Hawaii, and finally, the Darrow Committee's report on the New Deal.
Stephen E. Kalish holds B.A., J.D. and L.L.M. degrees from Harvard and is Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska Law School.
No classes currently available. Click here to continue searching for courses.