By Kelsey Nevill and Niall Nugent
What was the Scopes Trial?
How Fundamentalism Was Involved
William Jennings Bryan
William Jennings Bryan (pictured below) was the States attorney in the case. He was a Christian, Pacifist and former candidate for the US presidency. Bryan’s beliefs were that “evolution was dangerous and would lead society to dangerous social movements.” (PBS scopes trial) Bryan called Evolution “millions of theories strung together.” (PBS scopes trial)
The results of the case were Darrow and Scopes lost, and Scopes had to pay a fine of $100. Although during the case Darrow made it sound as if Bryan was trying to inflict his beliefs on the entire country. In other states there were trials similar to the Scopes, but those states decided not to prosecute the cases.