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, 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.

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