Inherit The Wind

By: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

Background Info on Authors

Jerome Lawrence: was an American screen wrighter and author. Born on July 14, 1915 in Cleavland, Ohio. Graduate at Ohio State Universary in 1937 and then went to Universary of California in 1939. Wrote many plays , some with his parner Robert E. Lee (like Inherit the Wind).Died on February 29, 2004 in Malibu California.


Robert E. Lee: was an American playwright and lyricist. He was born on October 15, 1918 in Elyria, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. With his writing partner, Jerome Lawrence, Lee worked for Armed Forces Radio during World War II. Died on July 8, 1994 in Los Angeles, California.

Summary on Book

In a small southern town in the Courthouse in Hillsboro, a man name Bertram Cate is on trial for teaching his students about Darwin's theory of evolution. Cate also explained how human were descended from the "Old World Monkeys". Many journalist and reporters came to town to record the trial. The lawyers then came, one being Drummond who protects Cate and Brady who is going against Cate. The lawyers fought back with each other and brought in people to question about Cate. On judgment day before the dase, the mayor takes the judge aside and tells him that political forces in the state are growing worried about media coverage of the trial. The mayor tells the judge to pass a light sentence. The jury hands their verdict to the judge, who declares Cates guilty and fines him $100. The prosecution objects to the light sentence. Drummond demands an appeal, and the judge grants him thirty days to prepare it. When they come back to court, Brady has a melt down, so he is carried out of the courtroom. Later on, word arrives that Brady has died of a “busted belly,” and Cates, Rachel, and Drummond decide to leave together on the train out of town that evening.

Scopes Monkey Trial

The Scopes Trial,formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, was a American legal case in 1925 in which high school science teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act which made it unlawful to teach evolution.