| The early 1920s found
patterns in chaos. Traditionalists,
the older Victorians, worried that everything valuable was ending.
modernists no longer asked whether society would approve of their
only whether their behavior met the approval of their intellect.
experimentation flourished. Americans danced to the sound of the Jazz
showed their contempt for alcoholic prohibition, debated abstract art
Freudian theories. In a response to the new social patterns set in
by modernism, a wave of revivalism developed, becoming
strong in the American South.
would dominate American culture--the modernists or the traditionalists?
Journalists were looking for a showdown, and they found one in a
Tennessee courtroom in the summer of 1925....[CONTINUED]