Argument in Defense of the Communists

Nashville attorney KT McConnico was co-counsel for the state of Tennessee during Scopes appeal before the Tennessee Supreme Court. He had gathered some of Darrow's writings to study his opponent, including this pamphlet containing Darrow's closing argument in a 1920 Illinois trial in which he defended 20 members of the Communist Labor party. When Darrow saw his argument on the pile of paperwork McConnico had in front of him, he joked, "You won't have much time for anything else." Edward J. Larson, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion 218 (2006).