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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 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 nighttime journey into the woods to witness a mystery “holy curler” service.

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

A spiritual Orgy In Tennessee includes all of Mencken’s experiences for The Baltimore sunlight, The Nation, and The American Mercury. It even contains his insurance of Bryan’s dying simply days after the trial—an obituary so withering Mencken used to be compelled by way of his editors to rewrite it, angering him and best him to rewrite it over again 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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No one will be permitted to pull his nose, to pray publicly for his condemnation or even to make a face at him. But all the same he will be bumped off inevitably when the time comes, and to the applause of all right-thinking men. The real trial, in truth, will not begin until Scopes is convicted and ordered to the hulks. Then the prisoner will be the Legislature of Tennessee, and the jury will be that great fair, unimpassioned body of enlightened men which has already decided that a horse hair put into a bottle will turn into a snake and that the Kaiser started the late war.

He was a believer in higher and lower orders of humanity, and penned columns that can be especially startling to encounter today, laced with racist and anti-Semitic or class-based bias. The great paradox of Mencken is irreducible. The thrilling energy of his prose, the lucidity of his thought, the striking humor, the unabashed honesty and lack of restraint, the fearlessness to say what he thought no matter the offense that might be taken—those created a deeply admiring readership. The biliousness of his attacks, the withering scorn he subjected so many to in various group libels—those created a sense of hatred.

The bottoms are green with corn, pumpkins and young orchards and the hills are full of reliable moonshiners, all save one of them Christian men. We are not in the South here, but hanging on to the North. Very little cotton is grown in the valley. The people in politics are Republicans and put Coolidge next to Lincoln and John Wesley. The fences are in good repair. The roads are smooth and hard. The scene is set for a high-toned and even somewhat swagger combat. When it is over all the participants save Bryan will shake hands.

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