A Religious Orgy in Tennessee A Reporter's Account of the

A Religious Orgy in Tennessee A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial [PDF / EPUB] A Religious Orgy in Tennessee A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial The native American Voltaire the enemy of all puritans the heretic in the Sunday school the one man demolition crew of the genteel tradition Alistair Cooke on HL MenckenFiercely intelligent scathingly The Orgy in Tennessee A PDF/EPUB ² native American Voltaire the enemy of all Orgy in ePUB ´ puritans the heretic in the Sunday school the one man demolition crew of the genteel tradition Alistair Cooke on HL MenckenFiercely intelligent scathingly honest and hysterically funny HL Mencken’s coverage of the Scopes Monkey Trial so galvanized the nation that it eventually inspired a Broadway play and the classic Hollywood movie Inherit the WindMencken’s no nonsense sensibility is still exciting his perceptive rendering of the courtroom drama; his piercing portrayals of key figures Scopes Clarence Darrow and William Religious Orgy in Tennessee A Kindle - Jennings Bryan; his ferocious take A Religious PDF/EPUB or on the fundamentalist culture surrounding it all—including a raucous midnight trip into the woods to witness a secret “holy roller” serviceShockingly these reports have never been gathered together into a book of their own—until now A Religious Orgy In Tennessee includes all of Mencken’s reports for T he Balti Sun The Nation and The American Mercury It even includes his coverage of Bryan’s death just days after the trial—an obituary so withering Mencken was forced by his editors to rewrite it angering him and leading him to rewrite it yet again in Religious Orgy in Kindle Ø a third version even less forgiving than the first All three versions are included as is a complete transcript of the trial’s most legendary exchange Darrow’s blistering cross examination of BryanWith the rise of “intelligent design” HL Mencken’s work has never seemed unnervingly timely—or timeless.


About the Author: H.L. Mencken

Henry Orgy in Tennessee A PDF/EPUB ² Louis HL Mencken became one of the Orgy in ePUB ´ most influential and prolific journalists in America in the s and 's writing about all the shams and con artists in the world He attacked chiropractors and the Ku Klux Klan politicians and other journalists Most of all he attacked Puritan morality He called Puritanism the haunting fear that someone somewhere may be happyAt the height o.



10 thoughts on “A Religious Orgy in Tennessee A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial

  1. says:

    A Religious Orgy in Tennessee is a minefield surrounded by a barbed wire fence in the middle of a volcano on the outskirts of another minefieldThere are only a handfull of writers whose style I would actively attempt to plagiarise if I were not a better person Henry Louis Mencken is near the top Mencken really did not like Bryan in any way; his relationship to the old fundy is very similar to that between Hunter Thompson and Dick Nixon Most of the reportage herein is confined to vitriolic attacks on the character of Bryan and the infamous obituary near the end of the book is probably the cruellest last things to say to a dead man I've ever heard or seen There is much hatred written throughout regional personal and religious but Mencken never misses a chance to make his language singIf you want to learn about the Scopes Trial read another book; if you want to read a book that is ostensibly about the Scopes Trial but is in fact a manifesto against the psychological evils of fundamentalism ignorance and William Jennings Bryan then settle inHere in his reportage from Dayton in the steamy summer of '25 his shirt sleeves rolled past the elbow chewing a fat cigar and lampooning whatever he sees as dangerously backward Mencken epitomizes the nobly lacerating journalist whose persona he pretty much created There is very little here about the actual trial; instead he unearths the Daytonians' superstitions This actually enhances the relevancy of the trial as few histories could do What Mencken decsribes and decries is a return to a science less pre history where a majority of Bryanites rules the campuses and the government It's a scary thought; thankfully we've come a bit further but not too far


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    BRILLIANT “Such obscenities as the forthcoming trial of the Tennessee evolutionist if they serve no other purpose at least call attention dramatically to the fact that enlightenment among mankind is very narrowly dispersed”—page 21Vintage vitriolic Mencken A RELIGIOUS ORGY IN TENNESSEE A Reporter’s Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial by H L Mencken Art Winslow offers up the journalist’s first hand accounts and commentaries on the 1925 trial of John Scopes—for ‘unlawfully’ teaching theories of human evolution in a state funded school—made familiar to us all by the great 1960 Spencer Tracy movie Inherit the WindMencken was there And Mencken had strong opinions about the subject matter about the participants and about the outright buffoonery of it all In his newspaper and magazine articles reprinted in this volume he expresses those opinions with his usual linguistic elouence flare and ‘killer’ vocabulary Thank goodness for electronic readers with uick and easy dictionary accessRecommendation A lexicological orgy Most particularly and highly recommended to the language nerds among us Critical thinking enthusiasts will also delight Fans of William Jennings Bryan might want to take a ‘pass’ on this one “Bryan was a vulgar and common man a cad undiluted He was ignorant bigoted self seeking blatant and dishonest Imagine a gentleman and you have imagined everything he was not”—page 87 “He liked people who sweated freely and were not debauched by the refinements of toilet”—page 99NOOKbook edition 130 pages


  3. says:

    Fiercely intelligent scathingly honest and hysterically funny HL Mencken’s coverage of the Scopes Monkey Trial so galvanized the nation that it eventually inspired a Broadway play and the classic Hollywood movie Inherit the Wind Mencken’s no nonsense sensibility is still exciting his perceptive rendering of the courtroom drama; his piercing portrayals of key figures Scopes Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan; his ferocious take on the fundamentalist culture surrounding it all—including a raucous midnight trip into the woods to witness a secret “holy roller” serviceShockingly these reports have never been gathered together into a book of their own—until nowA Religious Orgy in Tennessee includes all of Mencken’s reports for The Balti Sun The Nation and The American Mercury It even includes his coverage of Bryan’s death just days after the trial—an obituary so withering Mencken was forced by his editors to rewrite it angering him and leading him to rewrite it yet again in a third version even less forgiving than the first All three versions are included as is a complete transcript of the trial’s most legendary exchange Darrow’s blistering cross examination of Bryan With the rise of “intelligent design” HL Mencken’s work has never seemed unnervingly timely—or timeless


  4. says:

    Once he had one leg in the White House and the nation trembled under his roars Now he is a tinpot pope in the Coca Cola belt and a brother to the forlorn pastors who belabor half wits in galvanized iron tabernacles behind the railroad yards His own speech was a grotesue performance and downright touching in its imbecility Its climax came when he launched into a furious denunciation of the doctrine that man is a mammal It seemed a sheer impossibility that any literate man should stand up in public and discharge any such nonsense Yet the poor old fellow did it Darrow stared incredulous Malone sat with his mouth wide open Hays indulged himself one of his sardonic chuckles Stewart and Bryan fils looked extremely uneasy but the old mountebank ranted on To call a man a mammal it appeared was to flout the revelation of God The certain effect of the doctrine would be to destroy morality and promote infidelity The defense let it pass The lily needed no gilding


  5. says:

    In his day Mencken was the euivalent of Jon Stewart except with bite and a larger vocabulary This collection of his reports of the trial and Bryan's obituary 3 versions are as fresh and relevant today as when they were written His wit and ferocity are not at all diminishedTip Don't attempt to start highlighting especially meaningful and witty passages in this book you will wind up highlighting the entire thing Trust me on this I know from experience


  6. says:

    This book contains a lot of ranting But as a collection of political editorials from 1925 it's enlightening the extent to which nothing has changed in 85 years


  7. says:

    Henry Mencken is one of the most entertaining fascist writers I've come across He makes me laugh out loud whether he's lambasting insane evangelicals or ranting about how jazz isn't real music Should especially appeal to anyone who went through a militant atheist phase in high school


  8. says:

    HL Mencken has long been listed among America's most brilliant and infamous journalists and iconoclasts and after having read this collection of articles it is easy to see why The writing is superb and not a single sentence goes by that won't make you stop and think While this collection centers around the articles Mencken wrote during the Scopes Monkey Trial the actual content and ideas explored are both timeless and timely given today's still very hot debate over creationism being taught in the classroom Mencken is nothing if not scathing and it is easy to see how later writers such as Christopher Hitchens owe so much to his work One does not need to agree with all of the points he makes to see the pure writing talent he had and truth be told some paragraphs were even a bit rattling to an atheist and anti fundamentalist as myself The stand out article for me was Homo Neanderthalensis in which Mencken gives his most uncompromising assessment of the state of 'enlightenment' of most members of the 'so called' human race I don't agree with everything he says within it but it makes you think and that to me is a much valuable function of reading a writer's work than affirmation for my own beliefs That particular article can be found online here Also included in this publication is the full court transcript between Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan the two lawyers on either side of the anti evolution case and is an interesting debate between two men on completely opposite ends of the religious spectrum While typing in the names Hitchens Dawkins or Harris in a YouTube search field may find you exciting debates this one is still very much worth reading due to its historic significance All in all this is a fascinating read that would be sure to provide plenty of food for thought as well as uestions for debate among friends or in a classroom setting Also between Mencken's articles and the court transcript it is perhaps the most competent and concise lesson in the most famous trial of the early 20th century in under 210 pages A must read for anyone who enjoys great writing


  9. says:

    Includes all the articles HL Mencken wrote during the Scopes Monkey Trial the basis for the play and movie Inherit the Wind At the end of the book there's a transcript of Darrow's entire cross examination of William Jennings Bryant It's amazing to read though not as intense as I expected It's amazing that the Creationism debate is still going on


  10. says:

    Scathing But not really Reading this is like being at a business meeting and you know what’s going on and no one says it but HL does with the utmost clarity But he eually loathes falseness of all coats legal or not It makes sense the guy from the HBO show The Wire was a newsman from Balti


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