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A Religious Orgy in Tennessee: A Reporter's Account of the by H.L. Mencken PDF

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 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 interesting: 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 accrued jointly right into a ebook in their own—until now.

A non secular Orgy In Tennessee includes all of Mencken’s studies for The Baltimore sunlight, The Nation, and The American Mercury. It even comprises his insurance of Bryan’s loss of life simply days after the trial—an obituary so withering Mencken used to be pressured via 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 integrated, as is a whole 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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It is run today not by anonymous daredevils in white nightshirts, but by well-heeled Free-masons in decorous white aprons. In Dayton alone there are sixty thirty-second-degree Masons—an immense quota for so small a town. They believe in keeping the peace, and so even the stray Catholics of the town are treated politely, though everyone naturally regrets they are required to report to the Pope once a week. It is probably this unusual tolerance, and not any extraordinary passion for the integrity of Genesis, that has made Dayton the scene of a celebrated case, and got its name upon the front pages, and caused its forward-looking men to begin to wonder uneasily if all advertising is really good advertising.

The minority is decimated and driven to cover. But a few survive—and a few are enough to carry on. III The inferior man’s reasons for hating knowledge are not hard to discern. He hates it because it is complex—because it puts an unbearable burden upon his meager capacity for taking in ideas. Thus his search is always for short cuts. All superstitions are such short cuts. Their aim is to make the unintelligible simple, and even obvious. 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.

To comprehend their veriest outlines requires an immense stock of knowledge, and a habit of thought. It would be as vain to try to teach to peasants or to the city proletariat as it would be to try to teach them to streptococci. But the cosmogony of Genesis is so simple that even a yokel can grasp it. It is set forth in a few phrases. It offers, to an ignorant man, the irresistible reasonableness of the nonsensical. So he accepts it with loud hosannas, and has one more excuse for hating his betters.

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