Worse than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror
By Dean A. Strang; Published by UW Press
In 1917 a bomb exploded in a Milwaukee police station, killing nine officers and a civilian. Days later, a trial began for eleven Italian immigrants who had already been in jail for months for an unrelated riot. The specter of the bombing, for which no one had been arrested, haunted the proceedings. Against the backdrop of World War I and amid a prevailing hatred and fear of radical immigrants and anarchists, the Italians had an unfair trial. Famed attorney Clarence Darrow led an appeal that gained freedom for most of the convicted, but his own methods were deeply suspect.
Dean A. Strang, lawyer and author of Worse than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror, will share this story and how the case entire case left a dark, though largely forgotten, stain on American justice. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Bring a lunch to this informal lunch-and-lecture series.
Next Event in the Series
The next event in the series will take place Tuesday, June 6.
Wisconsin Historical Museum
Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N Carroll St
Madison, WI 53703
Four floors of changing exhibit galleries, permanent exhibits and the museum store ― located on Madison's Capitol Square
The site is fully accessible to visitors requiring a wheelchair for mobility.