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  • Scopes Trial Set People
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    In July of 1925, the Scopes trial began and made history for teachers. Also known as the Monkey Trial, it came about because of John Scopes', a 24-year-old biology teacher, violation of the Butler Act. The Butler Act was a state law in Tennessee forbidding the teaching of theories that denied the story of creation as stated in the bible in public schools or universities in Tennessee that is funded by the state. Any teacher found doing so would be fined $100-$500. The Butler Act came about by a f...
  • Trial In California The Scopes Case
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    In a tiny courtroom in the county of Dayton Tennessee, the jury settled into their seats, ready to return the verdict in the most controversial case of the 1920's, the scopes "monkey" trial. Up to this point, the trial itself had been a media spectacle; the lawyers, the witnesses, even the defendant had become media icons in the commercialism of the twenties. The trial itself was set up to be a media demonstration to challenge the constitutionality of the butler act. This act prohibited the teac...
  • Scopes For The Teaching Of Evolution
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    As the twentieth century began, the absorption and interpretation of evolutionary concepts within the American intellectual community had been largely completed. Theologians, philosophers, and scientists had examined the new biology theory and its many implications, coming to terms with evolution in a variety of ways. The larger segment of the American public became involved in debates and discussions, which led to the transformation of the evolutionary theory. Religious and political figures le...
  • Impact The Scope Trial
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    In March 1925, Tennessee passed a law that made teaching evolution a crime. The state legislature passed the law forbidding public schools to teach the theory taught by Darwin, that humans evolved from lower forms of life through evolution, rather than from a single omnipotent creator as suggested in the biblical book of Genesis. The American Civil Liberties Union was outraged this restriction and promised to defend any teacher who challenged the new law. John T. Scopes a football coach and subs...
  • Scopes Trial
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    I think the Scopes trial brought together a great cast of characters: three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan; America's best defense attorney, Clarence Darrow: and its most popular journalist, H.L. Mencken. It was a trial about ideas, a contest between traditionalism, the faith of our fathers, and modernism, the idea that we test faith with our intellect. And it had what the New York Times called the most memorable event in Anglo-Saxon court history: Darrow's calling of William...
  • Violation Of The Butler Act
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    Position on Evolution In 1925, schools had a very standard and general curriculum. Much of this curriculum was based on Christian beliefs and morals. No one dreamed of challenging these values. Especially in the school classroom, where budding minds strived for new knowledge, and any new ideas could possibly spark secular beliefs totally contradictory to what was taught in Christian households. When John Thomas Scopes, a science teacher in a rural Tennessee school, began to teach evolution in hi...
  • Clarence Darrow And H.L. Mencken
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    William Jennings Brian was an American political leader, editor, and lecturer who was born in 1860. In 1891, he served as a member of the U. S House of Representatives from Nebraska for four years. While he was a member, he was also a leader of the movement for the unlimited coinage of silver. In 1896, he gave a speech known as the "cross of gold" at a national convention. He was then nominated for presidency, but was defeated by William McKinley. Brian was also the founder of the "Commoner", wh...
  • Public Spectacle And The Scopes Monkey Trial
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    The Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 The tumultuous twenties were a time in which there was much commotion and chaos. The country was emerging out of World War 1, where many Americans in the South and Midwest turned to their faith for comfort (Background, November 26, 2001). In the rest of the country, technology flourished and America was becoming an industrialized nation. Many new inventions were being built and the nation was becoming more and more urbanized. Because of the changes the nation was ...

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