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A Religious Orgy in Tennessee: A Reporter's…

A Religious Orgy in Tennessee: A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey…

by H. L. Mencken

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Mencken was one of the foremost American journalists -- but his writing was scathing if he disagreed with you. This collection is his columns about the Scopes "monkey trial," where he cheers on the "infidel" Scopes. He is absolutely vicious against William Jennings Bryan -- sadly, some of Mencken's attacks are simply ad hominem ones (how he's dressed, to whom he speaks, even the sound of his voice).

Mencken has no respect for religion, and even less for "the yokels of the hills." It's therefore a bit surprising that he missed Darrow's cross-examination of Bryan (which is printed as an appendix); he probably would have gotten at least a dozen more newspaper columns from that. ( )
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