“Inherit the Wind is not history. The events which took place in Dayton, Tennessee, during the scorching July of 1925 are clearly the genesis of this play. It has, however, an exodus entirely its own. [. . .] So Inherit the Wind does not pretend to be journalism. It is theatre.”
- William Jennings Bryan was a glutton. (He was a diabetic on a very strict diet at the time of the trial.)
- Clarence Darrow crushed Bryan’s beliefs as the latter sat in the witness stand. (Darrow ridiculed people of faith but it had no impact on Bryan.)
- That Bryan was a buffoon. (He ran for president three times, was a great orator, served as Secretary of State, and was a gifted writer).
- That the townspeople of Dayton wanted to hang Scopes from a tree. (Nothing of the sort happened.)
- And that Bryan died in the courtroom, the victim of Darrow’s grueling examination and ridicule of biblical stores. (Bryan died five days later from complications of diabetes. He remained active in the days following the trial.)