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By H.L. Mencken

Fiercely clever, scathingly sincere, and hysterically humorous, H.L. Mencken’s assurance 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 docket 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 nighttime journey into the woods to witness a mystery “holy curler” service.

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

A non secular Orgy In Tennessee includes all of Mencken’s experiences for The Baltimore solar, The Nation, and The American Mercury. It even contains his insurance of Bryan’s demise simply days after the trial—an obituary so withering Mencken was once compelled by means of his editors to rewrite it, angering him and prime him to rewrite it once more in a 3rd model even much less forgiving than the 1st. All 3 types are incorporated, as is an entire transcript of the trial’s so much 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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This assumption is quite erroneous. The men of the educated minority, no doubt, know more than their predecessors, and of some of them, perhaps, it may be said that they are more civilized—though I should not like to be put to giving names—but the great masses of men, even in this inspired republic, are precisely where the mob was at the dawn of history. They are ignorant, they are dishonest, they are cowardly, they are ignoble. They know little if anything that is worth knowing, and there is not the slightest sign of a natural desire among them to increase their knowledge.

He looks for his apprentices in the minority that has somehow escaped that fate—that has, by some act of God, survived the dreadful ministrations of school-teachers. To this minority he may submit his doubts as well as his certainties. He may present what is dubious and of evil report along with what is official, and hence good. He may be wholly himself. Liberty of teaching begins where pedagogy ends. * Nonagenarian flag-waving Civil War matron idealized in a John Whittier Greenleaf poem. , July 9—On the eve of the great contest Dayton is full of sickening surges and tremors of doubt.

But will these refugees bring any money with them? Will they buy lots and build houses, Will they light the fires of the cold and silent blast furnace down the railroad tracks? On these points, I regret to report, optimism has to call in theology to aid it. Prayer can accomplish a lot. It can cure diabetes, find lost pocketbooks and restrain husbands from beating their wives. But is prayer made any more efficacious by giving a circus first? Coming to this thought, Dayton begins to sweat. The town, I confess, greatly surprised me.

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