Scopes was a willing 'guinea pig'

tags: evolution, The Tennessean, Scopes trial



On May 26, 1925, The New York Times’ front page featured a story from Tennessee that would become one of the most famous court trials in our history.

“John T. Scopes, young Dayton (Tenn.) high school teacher, tonight stands indicted for having taught the theory of evolution to students attending his science classes in violation of a law passed by the Tennessee Legislature and signed by the Governor on March 21, 1925. … The hearing of the case will bring many notables to the little mountain town, including William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution and Clarence Darrow of Chicago and Dudley Field Malone of New York for the defense.”...



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