Scopes Trial

Clarence Darrow during the Scopes Trial, 1925. Library of Congress.

 

The Scopes Trial, also known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was the 1925 prosecution of science teacher John Scopes for teaching evolution in a Tennessee public school, which a recent bill had made illegal. What began as a publicity stunt for the town of Dayton, Tennessee.
 
The trial featured two of the best-known orators of the era, William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, as opposing attorneys. The trial was viewed as an opportunity to challenge the constitutionality of the bill and to publicly advocate for the legitimacy of Darwin’s theory of evolution.Darrow called William Jennings Bryan to the stand and interrogated him on interpreting the Bible literally.
Clarence Darrow during the Scopes Trial, 1925. Library of Congress.

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