Scopes Trial
‘The Trial Took Place in a Circus Atmosphere’

In an old newsreel, a reporter outlines the basic facts of the Scopes Monkey Trial and talks about how the trial attracted a lot of publicity. The Scopes Trial took place in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee and revolved around the topic of evolution versus creationism. A substitute teacher named John Scopes was accused of teaching evolution in a state-funded school, which violated Tennessee’s Butler Act at the time. The trial was staged to attract publicity to the evolution versus creationism debate and big-name lawyers such as Williams Jennings Bryan, a three-time presidential candidate, and Clarence Darrow came to Tennessee to participate in this infamous trial.

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Submitted by: Robbie Faselt
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