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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 assurance of the Scopes Monkey Trial so galvanized the state 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 fascinating: 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 hour of darkness journey into the woods to witness a mystery “holy curler” service.

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

A spiritual 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 loss of life simply days after the trial—an obituary so withering Mencken was once compelled by way of his editors to rewrite it, angering him and best him to rewrite it all over again in a 3rd model even much less forgiving than the 1st. All 3 types are integrated, as is an entire transcript of the trial’s such a lot mythical trade: 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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Five or six weeks ago, when the infidel Scopes was first laid by the heels, there was no uncertainty in all this smiling valley. The town boomers leaped to the assault as one man. Here was an unexampled, almost a miraculous chance to get Dayton upon the front pages, to make it talked about, to put it upon the map. But how now? Today, with the curtain barely rung up and the worst buffooneries to come, it is obvious to even town boomers that getting upon the map, like patriotism, is not enough. The getting there must be managed discreetly, adroitly, with careful regard to psychological niceties.

Tell it to the marines! No principle is at stake at Dayton save the principle that school teachers, like plumbers, should stick to the job that is set before them, and not go roving about the house, breaking windows, raiding the cellar, and demoralizing the children. The issue of free speech is quite irrelevant. When a pedagogue takes his oath of office, he renounces his right to free speech quite as certainly as a bishop does, or a colonel in the army, or an editorial writer on a newspaper. He becomes a paid propagandist of certain definite doctrines and attitudes, mainly determined specifically and in advance, and every time he departs from them deliberately he deliberately swindles his employers.

The hinds of the State, desiring to prepare their young for life there, set up public schools. To man those schools they employ pedagogues. To guide those pedagogues they lay down rules prescribing what is to be taught and what is not to be taught. Why not, indeed? How could it be otherwise? Precisely the same custom prevails everywhere else in the world, where there are schools at all. Behind every school ever heard of there is a definite concept of its purpose—of the sort of equipment it is to give to its pupils.

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