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By H.L. Mencken

ISBN-10: 1612190316

ISBN-13: 9781612190310

Fiercely clever, scathingly sincere, and hysterically humorous, H.L. Mencken’s insurance of the Scopes Monkey Trial so galvanized the kingdom that it will definitely encouraged a Broadway play and the vintage Hollywood motion picture Inherit the Wind.
 
Mencken’s no-nonsense sensibility continues to be intriguing: his perceptive rendering of the court drama; his piercing portrayals of key figures Scopes, Clarence Darrow, and William Jennings Bryan; his ferocious tackle the fundamentalist tradition surrounding it all—including a raucous middle of the night journey into the woods to witness a mystery “holy curler” service.

Shockingly, those experiences have by no means been collected jointly right into a ebook in their own—until now.

A spiritual Orgy In Tennessee includes all of Mencken’s studies for The Baltimore sunlight, The Nation, and The American Mercury. It even contains his insurance of Bryan’s loss of life simply days after the trial—an obituary so withering Mencken was once compelled through his editors to rewrite it, angering him and best him to rewrite it another time in a 3rd model even much less forgiving than the 1st. All 3 models are incorporated, as is an entire transcript of the trial’s such a lot mythical alternate: Darrow’s blistering cross-examination of Bryan.
 
With the increase of “intelligent design,” H.L. Mencken’s paintings hasn't ever appeared extra unnervingly timely—or undying.

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Suppose a teacher in Vermont essayed to argue that the late Confederate States were right, as thousands of perfectly sane and intelligent persons believe—that Lee was a defender of the Constitution and Grant a traitor to it. Suppose a teacher in Kansas taught that prohibition was evil, or a teacher in New Jersey that it was virtuous. But I need not pile up suppositions. The evidence of what happens to such a contumacious teacher was spread before us copiously during the late uproar about Bolsheviks.

And when the candidates for the petit jury came up Darrow had to pass fundamentalist after fundamentalist into the box—some of them glaring at him as if they expected him to go off with a sulphurous bang every time he mopped his bald head. In brief this is a strictly Christian community, and such is its notion of fairness, justice and due process of law. Try to picture a town made up wholly of Dr. Crabbes and Dr. Kellys, and you will have a reasonably accurate image of it. Its people are simply unable to imagine a man who rejects the literal authority of the Bible.

So on what seem to be higher levels, no man who has not had a long and arduous education can understand even the most elementary concepts of modern pathology. But even a hind at the plow can grasp the theory of chiropractic in two lessons. Hence the vast popularity of chiropractic among the submerged—and of osteopathy, Christian Science and other such quackeries with it. They are idiotic, but they are simple—and every man prefers what he can understand to what puzzles and dismays him. The popularity of Fundamentalism among the inferior orders of men is explicable in exactly the same way.

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