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Sat May 25, 2019, 06:42 PM

Just rewatched "Inherit The Wind"--- the movie based on the infamous "Monkey Trial".

In it, Spencer Tracy drops a quotation I believe is worth repeating: "Fanatacism and ignorance is ever busy and needs feeding". ( I'm sorry---I missed the source. If anyone can provide it, I'd be grateful.)

ON EDIT: The quote is apparently of Clarence Darrow, the actual attorney for the defendant in the actual Monkey Trial.

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Reply Just rewatched "Inherit The Wind"--- the movie based on the infamous "Monkey Trial". (Original post)
Atticus May 2019 OP
Devilsun May 2019 #1
LastLiberal in PalmSprings May 2019 #2
frogmarch May 2019 #3
El Supremo May 2019 #4
Martin Eden May 2019 #5
homegirl May 2019 #6
Atticus May 2019 #8
vlyons May 2019 #7
Billy Ray Joe Bob. May 2019 #9

Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 06:55 PM

1. "He who has himself for an attorney,

Has a fool for a client " Clarence Darrow

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 07:01 PM

2. In the end, Scopes lost the trial.

He was fined $100 (about $1,200 in today's money). On appeal, the Tennessee upheld the constitutionality of the statute but reversed the verdict on a technicality. source


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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 07:20 PM

3. It was a publicity stunt.

I found this out only about 10 years ago.

wiki snip:

The trial was deliberately staged in order to attract publicity to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, where it was held. Scopes was unsure whether he had ever actually taught evolution, but he purposely incriminated himself so that the case could have a defendant.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scopes_Trial

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 07:47 PM

4. It's too bad about William Jennings Bryan.

He was one of the greatest progressive Democrats of his age. He was the Democratic nominee for President three times! The last time here in Denver in 1908. He was against the imperialism of McKinley and Roosevelt but for the early entrance of America in WWI. A complicated legacy. I think the play and movie presented him (Matthew Harrison Brady) in poor light. Bryan did die shortly after the Scopes trial.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 08:17 PM

5. The old courthouse still stands in Dayton Tennessee

You can visit the upstairs courtroom where the trial took place, and there's a good little museum in the basement with a lot of info about the trial.

And if you like waterfalls, nearby Laurel Falls in the Laurel-Snow pocket wilderness is a great dayhike.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 09:38 PM

6. This afternoon?

I had never seen it and find it depressing that we still have those types prominent and influential almost 100 years later.


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Response to homegirl (Reply #6)

Sat May 25, 2019, 09:42 PM

8. We're on the same page. Some of the ignorance spouted could have been from nearly any

nightly newscast over the past couple of years.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 09:40 PM

7. I watched it today on TCM

It just confirmed my contempt for intolerance and self-righteousness of Christian fundamentalism. Nothing has changed with them since then.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 09:43 PM

9. Intelligent life?

 

I wish humankind was as intelligent as monkeys.

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