In the Dover case you could see it in the Judge’s behavior. He watched Inherit the Wind the night before the trial as background for the case. The trouble is, that is not an accurate account of that trial.
I had not heard that report concerning the Dover trial—but I have certainly known for many years what an appallingly inaccurate propaganda piece was that famous play (and, later, a popular film.)
I could wish that most people would realize that Inherit the Wind is fiction but I know from querying my students that most people think it is nearly a documentary. And whatever one may think of the politics of Williams Jennings Bryan, the play and film were horribly unfair to his legacy and totally misrepresented him.
Of course, people should also realize that local Dayton, Tennessee businessmen helped bring about that circus-like show trial for entirely economic reasons. And Bryan even paid the fine on behalf of the school teacher who was found “guilty” by the court. (By the way, I think all parties at the time, at least behind the scenes, agreed that Mr. Scopes, the substitute teacher, was so short on time in helping students prepare for their final exam that he entirely skipped the short portion of the textbook which dealt with evolution!)
The trouble is, that is not an accurate account of that trial.
Dr. Gauger, I dare say that that is a very “kind” sort of understatement!
I despise Inherit the Wind with great passion—especially the final scenes. Absolutely appalling!
[Just for the record, I tried to quote Dr. Gauger using the usual drag-and-drop but the software isn’t working for me today. So I had to do it manually.]