Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

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Random House, Inc.
One of the most moving and meaningful plays in American theatre--based on the famed Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, in which a Tennessee teacher was tried for teaching evolution 

The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus, the chief gladiators being the two great legal giants of the century. Locked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roared imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely able to restrain themselves. At stake was the freedom of every American.

“Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee were classic Broadway scribes who knew how to crank out serious plays for thinking Americans. . . . Inherit the Wind is a perpetually prescient courtroom battle over the legality of teaching evolution. . . . We’re still arguing this case–all the way to the White House.”
Chicago Tribune

“Powerful . . . a crackling good courtroom play . . . [that] provides two of the juiciest roles in American theater.”
–Copley News Service

“[This] historical drama . . . deserves respect.”
–The Columbus Dispatch

Baker & Taylor
Dramatizes the famous Scopes "Monkey Trial," where William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow clash over a teacher's right to teach evolution.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2007
Edition: Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780345501035
0345501039
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Law
Characteristics: 129 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lee, Robert Edwin 1918-1994

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white_fish_53 Jul 16, 2016

great book

platypus101 Jul 08, 2013

This was a great take on the Scopes Trial where it involves the debate of Darwin's theory of Evolution and the Biblical Creationism. It was interesting and eye-opening.

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Ciresica
Mar 26, 2011

Great play! Just a bit hard to follow at the beginning since there are so many characters but after a few pages you start to know who is who and their personalities. Very interesting and a quite unexpected ending! Really interesting!!!

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royalprincess99
Mar 23, 2011

Yes, the old question of whether or not schools should teach the Darwin theory of evolution or just stick to God's creating the world in seven days. Based on a true story of a teacher who was arrested after unconventional teaching, this play was eventually turned into a film.

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platypus101 Jul 08, 2013

The man who has everything figured out is probably a fool. College examinations notwithstanding, it takes a very smart fella to say “I don’t know the answer!”

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Ciresica
Mar 26, 2011

[Brady:] I don't know. I'm a man, not a sponge.
[Drummond:] Do you think a sponge thinks?
[Brady:] If the lord wishes a sponge to think, it thinks.
[Drummond:] Does a man have the same privileges that a sponge does?
[Brady:] Of course.
[Drummond, pointing to Cates:] This man wishes to be accorded the same privilege as a sponge! He wishes to think! [There is some applause. The sound strikes Brady exactly as if he had been slapped in the face.]

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Ciresica
Mar 26, 2011

There are many portions of the Bible that I have committed to memory.[says Mr. Brady]

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Ciresica
Mar 26, 2011

I believe in a God who can make a whale and who can make a man and make both do as He pleases![says Mr. Brady]

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platypus101 Jul 08, 2013

platypus101 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Mar 26, 2011

Ciresica thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Ciresica
Mar 26, 2011

Cates Bertram is pleaded guilty for teaching the Theory of Evolution, at an American School, which questions what is writen in the Bible. He fights with the help of Mr Drummond for the right to speak and think, trying to prove Colonel Brady (and the rest of the town) is (are) wrong to think of him as a criminal and that he is accused of a false crime. Even the town agrees with "Almighty Brady", as they said; people look at Cates as if he were murderer, if not worse. Rachel, Cates' fiancée is stuck in between both opinions, not sure which one she is supposed to support, since her father is a religious man who scares her.

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