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History Bookshelf: Defense Attorney Clarence Darrow

Washington, DC
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Author John Farrell recounts the life and career of defense attorney Clarence Darrow, who may be best known for his role in the Scopes Monkey Trial. In that case he defended John Scopes for teaching evolution in a Tennessee public school.

Updated: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 10:37am (ET)

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