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Darrow made his mark
initially as a labor lawyer during the Pullman
strike of 1894, defending labor organizer Eugene V. Debs and the
American Railway Union. During a Pennsylvania coal strike, he
exposed the extensive use of child labor. In 1907 and 1910, he
defended labor leaders accused of bombings in Idaho and California.
In the sensational kidnapping-murder
trial of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb in 1924, Darrow pioneered the use
of psychiatric testimony in a criminal case. An outspoken critic of the
death penalty, Darrows impassioned two-day plea led to life sentences
for both defendants. No Darrow client ever received a death sentence.
His final great trial
was the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Darrows defense of
Tennessee schoolteacher John Scopes, accused of teaching the theory of evolution,
has become synonymous with the defense of free thought and human progress.
Clarence Darrow lived
at 1537 East 60th Street overlooking the Jackson Park lagoon for much of
his professional life. Upon his death, his ashes were scattered on the water,
and the bridge has become the site of an annual celebration of Darrows
life and principles.