Scope's Trial

The Monkey Trial

John Scopes

  • Taught evolution in his high school
  • Believed in Darwinism
  • Wanted the "15 minutes of fame"


William Jennings Bryan

  • Believes in creationism
  • Opposes Darrow
  • 3 time presidential candidate and secretary of state
  • A christian who wanted a constitutional amendment banning the teachings of evolution


Clarence Darrow

  • Chose this trial for his "15 minutes of fame"
  • Was notorious for being agnostic and could turn anything against the other defendant
  • Was able to prove 2 boys not guilty even after a confession in a previous trial
  • Grew up in an atheist home