Inherit the Wind

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

Jerome Lawrence

He was born on July 14th, 1915 and died on February 24th, 2003. He is well known for his theater writing, especially "Inherit the Wind". He has received many awards for his works, for example, two Peabody awards. In 1990, he was named in the National Theater Hall of Fame.

Robert E. Lee

He was born on October 15th, 1918. He studied at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is well known for his work in the theater including of work, including Inherit the Wind, First Monday in October, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail and Auntie Mame he was a co-founder of the Armed Forces Radio Service.

Scopes Monkey Trial

The Scopes Monkey Trial was a trail between John Scopes and William Jennings Bryan. The conflict was about a law about teaching evolution in schools. John Scopes was a teacher and planned on teaching evolution in his class. He was arrested for teaching about evolution. William Jennings Bryan was a pacifist. He believed that the teachings of evolution led to dangerous social movements and that the bible should be interpreted literally. Scopes was fined and evolution was banned in Tennessee for 42 years after the trail.


In "Inherit the Wind", Bert Cates is arrested for his teachings of evolution. He goes to trial. The prosecutor is the leader of a crusade against evolution named Matthew Harrison Brady. Henry Drummond will represent Bert Cates as the defendent. The trial begins with both parties feeling confident. Bert Cates loses the trail and is fined with $100. When he is giving a final speech, he collapses and dies.

Emma Duffy