Clarence Darrow Essays

  • Clarence Darrow;: a Non-Conforming, Passionate Man

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    Clarence Seward Darrow was born on April 18, 1857 to Ammirus and Emily Darrow in Kinsman Ohio. He was one of eight children (Hannon 1-2). Darrow was named after William Henry Seward, an abolitionist (Kersten 13). According to Kersten, Darrow’s mother was “practical and efficient” and neither parent was affectionate; Darrow could not recall his mother ever kissing him or caressing him (9-10). His mother, Emily died when he was 15 years old (Farrell 27). Ammirus taught Darrow to question rules and

  • Famous Speeches

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    On the summer of 1924, Clarence Darrow took a case that changed Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb from the gallows. The case just did not save the lives of Leopold of Loeb; it was also one of the trials of the century. For lawyer Darrow, this trial was just not an ordinary trial it was a vital declaration against death penalty which was in the end taken into account. Clarence Darrow’s closing argument took 12 hours long, but it was worth it because the combination of the literary devices he used saved

  • Henry Drummond And Clarence Darrow's Inherit The Wind

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    Henry Darrow? The “Monkey Trial” in 1925 was one of the most famous clashes in history between the Bible and evolution. The concept of the play was based on the Scopes Trial, but characters, actions, and words were altered. During the trial, William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow went to court to try John Scopes for illegally teaching evolution, causing major complications in Dayton, Tennessee. In the play Inherit the Wind, the character, Henry Drummond, parallels his real-life counterpart, Clarence

  • Comparison Of Inherit The Wind By Jerome Lawrence And Robert E. Lee

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    defense attorney for the Scopes Monkey Trial was a cunning man. Clarence Darrow had difficulty defending his client, John T. Scopes, against his opponent, William Jennings Bryan. To everyone’s surprise however, he proved that he could prevail, even if he was under pressure from the world around him. Though Scopes was found guilty under Darrow, he surprisingly only had to pay a fine of one hundred dollars. With such a minor sentence, Darrow is said to be the person who actually won the trial. In the play

  • Accuracy of the Film "Inherit the Wind"

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    Biblical creation account that is portrayed with great fervor in the film. The film also shows that the local people were very disappointed at the arrival of Henry Drummond, the character name for Clarence Darrow, and clearly expressed the belief that they wanted him to leave town. In the trial transcript, Darrow comments on the hospitality of the people of Tennessee. The film changes the context in which the trial was held. Although it is possible for one to understand the basic arguments of the trial

  • Case Study of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti

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    Case Study of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti Italian anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested near Boston in 1920 and charged with the murder of a shoe factory paymaster and the guard of the factory. Frederick Parmenter and the guard were carrying $16,000 in payroll money for the South Braintree shoe factory on April 15, 1920. They were attacked, robbed, and shot. The two killers escaped in a getaway car. A similar crime was committed in the nearby town of Bridgewater

  • Scopes Monkey Trial

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    The 1920’s, also known as the “Roaring Twenties”, was a period of peace and prosperity that overshadowed the losses of the Great War. There were flappers, Prohibition; and widespread popularity of Jazz music. Apart from this culture, the Scopes Monkey Trial would become a widespread controversy between traditionalism and modernity. Traditionalists would have a more conservative view, while the Modernists would have a more liberal behavior. John Scopes, a substitute biology teacher was arrested and

  • Individual Liberty Versus Majoritarian Democracy in Edward Larson’s Summer For the Gods

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    Individual Liberty Versus Majoritarian Democracy in Edward Larson’s Summer For the Gods The Scopes trial, writes Edward Larson, to most Americans embodies “the timeless debate over science and religion.” (265) Written by historians, judges, and playwrights, the history of the Scopes trial has caused Americans to perceive “the relationship between science and religion in . . . simple terms: either Darwin or the Bible was true.” (265) The road to the trial began when Tennessee passed the Butler

  • The Media's Impact on the Scopes Monkey Trial

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    The Media's Impact on the Scopes Monkey Trial The 1920’s were a period of transition for America.  The culture of society was quickly adapting to many new ideas and beliefs.  Traditional schools of thought were gradually being replaced with new technology and knowledge.  The changes taking place were the source of much conflict, as many historical events of the twenties can illustrate. One such event is the Scopes “Monkey” Trial.  From our research we discovered that the trial pitted Modernists

  • Scopes Monkey Trial

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    I think the Scopes trial brought together a great cast of characters: three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan; America's best defense attorney, Clarence Darrow: and its most popular journalist, H. L. Mencken. It was a trial about ideas, a contest between traditionalism, the faith of our fathers, and modernism, the idea that we test faith with our intellect. And it had what the New York Times called the most memorable event in Anglo-Saxon court history: Darrow's calling of William

  • Science V. Religion: The Scopes Monkey Trial

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    The 1920’s were a time of change. New ideas were becoming more readily experimented with and even accepted by large portions of the population. Some of these included jazz music and the fight against the alcoholic prohibition. The radical idea I will focus on in this paper, however, is Evolution. It is a theory that had been around for over half a century before the 20’s but had only more recently caught on in the US. It contradicted the Christian theory of Divine Creation as described in the Bible

  • Nathan Lepold Perfect Crime

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    Identify the words “ perfect crime”? Is it possible to have a perfect crime happen? In this paper I will be discussing how those words became an topic of discussion back in the late 1920’s. How two brilliant teenage boys attempt to commit this “perfect crime”. Nathan Lepold a wealthy and very intelligent young man had an IQ of 200 as well as exceed in everything he came near to. Richard Loeb also wealthy and very smart was the top of his game as well. Both teens were from the Kenwood area of Chicago

  • Religion Versus Science in The Scopes Monkey Trial

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    Religion Versus Science in The Scopes Monkey Trial The stage was set in Dayton, Tennessee.  The leading actor in this show was a twenty five-year-old science teacher named John T. Scopes. Scopes was under the direction of advancing America.  The playbill read The Scopes “Monkey” Trial.  In 1925 John T. Scopes was encouraged to challenge the Butler Law.  This law had been passed by a small town in Dayton, Tennessee to prohibit teaching contra to those in the Bible. Teaching from an evolutionary

  • America's Becoming Less Tolerant in 1920s

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    America's Becoming Less Tolerant in 1920s This essay is going to talk about whether or not America became less tolerant in the 1920s. It will include: · The immigration change · The KKK, · The 'Red Scare' · Palmer Raids and · The Sacco and Vanzetti trial · Christian revivalism and · The 'Monkey Trial'. America had had an 'open door' policy towards immigration, but from 1917 onwards the door began to close. In 1917 an immigration law introduced a literacy test. This

  • The Scopes Monkey Trial

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    Battle Over America's Soul." Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America. New York: Three Rivers, 2006. Print. Scopes, John. "Reflections on the Scopes Trial by John Thomas Scopes." UMKC School of Law. Web. 19 May 2010. . "The Scopes Trial: Clarence Darrow." UMKC School of Law. Web. 20 May 2010. .

  • Analysis Of Kevin Boyle's Arc Of Justice

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    The cover of Kevin Boyle’s, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, features a worn black-and-white photograph of what looks like a packed courtroom, with four men in the foreground looking off to the right, as if awaiting a verdict. All of them, three white and one black, wearing suits, have their faces scrubbed out, as if someone had taken an eraser to them while the photograph was still wet. Similar to its cover, the 80-year-old Ossian Sweet case has nearly been

  • What Is The Difference Between Leopold And Loeb Not Free?

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    Loeb were ultimately taken into trial to face justice for their actions. Leopold and Loeb’s lawyer Clarence Darrow convinced Leopold and Loeb to plead guilty for the crimes of kidnapping and murder. Darrow pleaded with the judge that punishing Leopold and Loeb with the death penalty was the immoral conviction to be made. This was because Darrow stated that our genetics and environment are not

  • Outcome of The Scopes Monkey Trial

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    The Scopes Trial, formally known as The State of Tennessee vs. Scopes but given the nickname “The Monkey Trial”, has been credited as starting the popular legal dispute between evolution and creationism in the court, and its impact in the 20’s was immeasurable. The interpretation of the case is just as popular, if not more, than the actual result of the case. The worldwide attention and media coverage the case received produced many opinions. Scholar’s opinions range from describing the case as

  • Scopes Trial

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    Scopes Trial For several days in July of 1925, a high school math teacher in Dayton, Tennessee became the most reported-on man in America. He was not an actor, an athlete, or a politician. He was on trial for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. The trial later came to be known as “Scopes Trial,” after John Scopes, the defendant. But this was not a trial to see what punishment he would receive. This trial pitted Protestant fundamentalists against the American Civil Liberties Union. In

  • Creationism vs. Evolution

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    Since the Age of the Enlightenment, the institution of religion has had to contend with the opposition of science regarding the issues of the origins of the world and of the human species. Up until around the end of the 17th century, the church was the authority on how the world and everything in it had come to be. However, with the great intellectual revolution came thinkers such as Galileo, Copernicus, Bacon, Descartes, and many others who challenged the biblical assumptions with empirically