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Today in History: The Scopes Monkey Trial

Posted by Gilbert Stack on July 10, 2018 at 4:55 AM

On this day (July 10) in 1925 the Scopes Monkey Trial began in Dayton, Tennessee. John Scopes was accused of teaching evolution in his science class. William Jennings Bryan argued for the prosecution against Clarence Darrow for the defense. Technically the prosecution won the case, but the highlight of the trial was when Darrow convinced Bryan to take the stand as an expert on the bible. It was a turning point in popular opinion toward evolution. The movie version, Inherit the Wind, is worth seeing.

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