H.L. Mencken

H.L. Mencken covered the trial for the Baltimore Sun. An outspoken critic who sharply criticized the South and religion, Mencken had preconceived ideas about Dayton, Tennessee. He told his readers: "The town, I confess, greatly surprised me. I expected to find a squalid Southern village, with darkies snoozing on the houseblocks, pigs rooting under the houses and the inhabitants full of hookworm and malaria. What I found was a country town of charm and even beauty." National Archives and Records Administration, ARC Identifier: 559126