Inherent the Wind

By: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee


Robert Edwin Lee

October 15th, 1918, Robert Lee was born with a love for theatre. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and grew up to be an American Playwright, lyricist, screenwriter, and a writer. Robert worked in collaboration with one of his best friends, Jerome Lawrence. About three decades after the State of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes Trial, the pair made a movie about it called "Inherit the Wind."

Jerome Lawrence

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 14, 1915, Jerome Lawrence grew up to be a playwright, author, director and educator. He worked a lot with his friend, Robert Edwin Lee. The two men worked in collaboration in a lot of work that involved theatre. Their most famous piece of work was the movie based on The Monkey Scopes Trial, called "Inherit the Wind."

Monkey Scopes Trial

Formally known as the State of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes, the Monkey Scopes Trial was an American Legal Case in which high school teacher, John Scopes, was accused of breaking Tennessee's Butler Act that you cannot teach evolution. The trial took fifteen days. John Scopes was found guilty and was ordered to pay a $100 US fine.

Summary of "Inherit the Wind"

The book, "Inherit the Wind", follows the American legal case of The Monkey Scopes Trial that took place in Dayton, Tennessee, 1925. John Scopes is ahigh school teacher and the man in the spotlight, he is being accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, in which it prohibits the teaching of evolution in school. The book tells and describes the twelve days in which the trial took place in a Tennessee courtroom.

Inherit The Wind - Spencer Tracy Speech