the 'crucifixtion' of William Jennings Bryan (Inherit the Wind)
William Jennings Bryan was in fact a 'great American'...who fought for some of the most progressive causes of his day for the common man.
I would say he did FAR FAR FAR more for the 'common man' than Charles Darwin and the 20th century fallout from his theory ever dreamed of doing. In fact one could argue they are diameterically opposed from a philosophical viewpoint.
Real history turned into fiction is always a problematic issue. There is always the need to spice it up so to speak, and in the end a work of fiction winds up playing to every stereotyped ignorance one can imagine....dissiminated of course thru all the 'proper channels'.
Then there's 'reality TV'....sigh......
"Let us, at least, dig and seek till we have discovered our own opinions. The dogmas we really hold are far more fantastic, and, perhaps, far more beautiful than we think. In the course of these essays I fear that I have spoken from time to time of rationalists and rationalism, and that in a disparaging sense. Being full of that kindliness which should come at the end of everything, even of a book, I apologize to the rationalists even for calling them rationalists. There are no rationalists. We all believe fairy-tales, and live in them. Some, with a sumptuous literary turn, believe in the existence of the lady clothed with the sun. Some, with a more rustic, elvish instinct, like Mr. McCabe, believe merely in the impossible sun itself. Some hold the undemonstrable dogma of the existence of God; some the equally undemonstrable dogma of the existence of the man next door."
Gilbert Keith Chesterton