Feeling better tonight: stronger and more clear-headed, and my temperature has been holding steady at normal for several hours. Finally caught a showing on PBS of the God in America documentary. It has some of the usual flaws of such things, as I wrote in the comments section of the previous entry. The second episode seems stronger to me, and the section on the Civil War grabbed the ambiguity and horror of it all, even in the theological/ethical debate on America slavery. I don't know that I've ever seen such horrific photographs of the surviving wounded with holes in the limbs and such. Unbelievable. It's now moved on to a chapter on Judaism and what is, I suppose, the emergence of Reform Judaism as an American phenomenon. If I have the energy to be fascinated, I'm hoping I'll have the energy for teaching tomorrow.
Zoom! And now onto the Darwin question in the 19th century up to the Scopes trial. The cast for this thing has been really impressive, though, even if I suspect their direction has been a bit jaded and leaden in its portrayal of many of the figures. But a great line-up: Keith David as Frederick Douglas; Michael Emerson as John Winthrop; Chris Sarandon as Abraham Lincoln; and classic character actor Kenneth Tigar as William Jennings Bryan.