New PDF release: A Religious Orgy in Tennessee: A Reporter's Account of the

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 country that it will definitely encouraged a Broadway play and the vintage Hollywood motion picture Inherit the Wind.
 
Mencken’s no-nonsense sensibility remains 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 reviews 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 stories for The Baltimore sunlight, The Nation, and The American Mercury. It even comprises his assurance 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 incorporated, as is an entire transcript of the trial’s so much 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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If the former alternative be accepted, then all of modern science is nonsense; if the latter, then evangelical Christianity is nonsense. This fact must be apparent, I believe, to everyone who has given sober and prayerful thought to the controversy. It should be especially apparent to those who now try to talk it away. I have, I confess, a great suspicion of such persons. When they pretend to be scientists it always turns out on inspection that they are only half-scientists—that no fact, however massive, is yet massive enough to keep them off the mourners’ bench.

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. It cannot conceivably teach everything; it must confine itself by sheer necessity to teaching what will be of the greatest utility, cultural or practical, to the youth actually in hand. Well, what could be of greater utility to the son of a Tennessee mountaineer than an education making him a good Tennesseean, content with his father, at peace with his neighbors, dutiful to the local religion, and docile under the local mores?

In Tennessee” is reprinted from the July 1, 1925, issue of The Nation. L. Mencken. L. Mencken. L. Mencken (upper right with hands clasped behind his back) standing on a table to look over the crowd at the proceedings at the Rhea County Courthouse. L. Mencken Collection. Special acknowledgement is made to Averil Kadis, of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and Tom Davis, of Bryan College, for assistance with research and permissions. Melville House Publishing 145 Plymouth Street Brooklyn, New York 11201 The Library of Congress has cataloged the paperback edition as follows: Mencken, H.

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