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Author Strang, Dean A.

Title Worse than the devil : anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and justice in a time of terror / Dean A. Strang.

Publication Info. Madison, Wis. : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  345.775 STRANG    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  345.773 ST81    Check Shelf
Description xviii, 268 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Summary In 1917, a bomb exploded in a Milwaukee police station, killing nine officers and a civilian. Those responsible never were apprehended, but police, press, and public all assumed that the perpetrators were Italian. Days later, eleven alleged Italian anarchists went to trial on unrelated charges invloving a fracas that had occurred two months before. Against the backdrop of World War I, and amidst a prevailing hatred and fear of radical immigrants, the Italians had an unfair trial. The specter of the larger, uncharged crime of the bombing haunted the proceedings and assured convictions of all eleven. Although Clarence Darrow led an appeal that gained freedom for mostof the convicted, the celebrated lawyer's methods themselves were deeply suspect. The entire case left a dark, if hidden, stain on American justice. -- p. [4] of cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Trials (Riots) -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee -- History -- 20th century.
Judicial corruption -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee -- History -- 20th century.
Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938.
Anarchists -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee -- History -- 20th century.
Italian Americans -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee -- History -- 20th century.
Bay View (Milwaukee, Wis.) -- History -- 20th century.
Milwaukee (Wis.) -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780299293949 paperback alkaline paper
0299293947 paperback alkaline paper
9780299293932 (e-book)
0299293939 (e-book)
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