The Scopes Trial


The Scopes Trial was moved outdoors due to oppressive heat and concerns about cracks in the courtroom ceiling.  Bettmann/Bettmann Archive/Getty
The Scopes Trial was moved outdoors due to oppressive heat and concerns about cracks in the courtroom ceiling. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive/Getty

The Scopes Trial, aka the Monkey Trial, played out in Dayton, Tennessee, in the summer of 1925. It all stemmed from a state law prohibiting the teaching of evolution.

Tracy's Research:

  • ACLU. "State of Tennessee vs. Scopes." https://www.aclu.org/other/state-tennessee-v-scopes
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  • Bidwell, Allie. " Nearly 90 Years After Scopes, How Has the Evolution Debate Evolved?" US News and World Reports. 7/21/2014. https://www.usnews.com/news/slideshows/nearly-90-years-after-the-scopes-trial-how-has-the-evolution-debate-evolved?slide=11
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  • Menken, H.L. " Coverage of The Scopes Trial by H.L. Mencken." From The Baltimore Evening Sun, June - September 1925. Via Archive.org. https://archive.org/stream/CoverageOfTheScopesTrialByH.l.Mencken/ScopesTrialMencken.txt
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