Sunday, November 13, 2011
HL Mencken respected Clarence Darrow for his work in the Scopes Trial. Today's pervasive media atmosphere does not see to foster iconoclasts. Look at Gloria Allred, the Chicago lawyer who has taken criticism for hyping one of Herman Cain's accusers. In light of what we've remembered about Darrow, she looks pale. There was a broader spectrum of active political involvement 100 years ago, despite what Tea Partiers want us to think. The Twitter post by @farnamstreet says Walter Lippmann said, "Where all think alike, no one thinks very much."
Here is the link to Amazon for the new Clarence Darrow biography I noticed.
Here is a link to a blog by the author Andrew Kersten at the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay. His official web site has not been updated lately. The NY Times reviewed the book favorably.
Here is another recent biography of Darrow. Here is another recent book on Darrow. Here a link to a collection of Darrow's writings. Pulitzer-winner Ed Larson is the editor. Larson came to Darrow through Darrow's work on the Scopes trial.