Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror

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University of Wisconsin Press
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6.0 X 8.8 X 0.8 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Dean A. Strang is a criminal defense lawyer in Madison, Wisconsin, and an adjunct professor at the law schools of the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University. For more than fifteen years he lived on the Milwaukee block that was the scene of the September 1917 riot.


"A probing, sensitive account. Dean A. Strang, himself a skillful defense attorney, has exposed American racism at its worst, and perversion and corruption of the legal system at its best."--Stanley Kutler, author of Wars of Watergate
"Strang's fascinating book excavates a conspiracy trial in Milwaukee back in 1917 that sheds crucial insights into the failings of our legal system and the hazards of succumbing to mass hysteria against immigrants and alleged terrorists. The book provides urgent lessons for us all. And along the way, the author provides vivid portraits of Clarence Darrow and Emma Goldman."--Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive
"In engaging prose and with a terrific eye for detail, Strang gives us the full story of a fascinating--and almost forgotten--moment of conflict from Milwaukee's past. His book explores debates over civil liberties and terrorism, immigration and radicalism as they were lived and fought over a century ago."--Beverly Gage, author of The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror
"Strang paints a convincing and critical picture of the events in question, illuminating this moment in American history and justice. . . . Bound to be of interest to scholars and hobbyists alike."--Publishers Weekly

"A beautifully written account of Milwaukee a century ago, as well as a fair appraisal of the political passions of those times in the light of recent research. Strang approaches his subject with the skill of a sympathetic storyteller."--Shepherd Express