Monday, March 12, 2007

A scene from one of my favorite movies, Inherit the Wind

Fundamentalism vs. Freedom of Thought

From Wikipedia: Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes Trial (the "Monkey" Trial), which resulted in Scopes's conviction for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to a Tennessee state law that mandated the teaching of a form of creationism. The fictional characters of Matthew Harrison Brady, Henry Drummond, Bertram Cates and E.K. Hornbeck correspond to the historical figures of William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, John Scopes, and H.L. Mencken, respectively.

Despite numerous similarities between the play and history, the play was not intended as a documentary-drama about the Scopes trial, but as a warning about the evils of McCarthyism, which some see as one of the darkest moments in American history. The play has been hailed as one of the great American plays of the 20th century, and its themes of religious belief, religious tolerance, and freedom of thought resonate down to the present day.


beepbeepitsme said...

I like the "New York Dolls" song where they mention " inherit the wind" also.

Stardust said...

beepbeep - great video...thanks!

David W. said...

I haven't seen that movie since 8th grade... Now I have to go get a copy! Thanks for reminding me!