Scopes Trial
The Face-Off Between Clarence Darrow & William Jennings Bryan

Eloise Reed, resident of Dayton, Tennessee and present during the Scopes Trial of 1925, explains the face-off that occurred between defense attorney Clarence Darrow and prosecutor William Jennings Bryan. Darrow, a well-known criminal lawyer and agnostic, called Bryan–a fundamentalist Christian and leader of the Democratic Party–to the witness stand during the trial in order to denounce his beliefs and defend the rights of people to teach evolutionary theory. Reed, along with other historians and experts, explain the tensions and harsh exchanges between the two as Bryan fought to defend the Bible and Darrow fought to discredit Bryan’s anti-evolution beliefs.

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