The Roaring Twenties

By: Myles Jones and Julian Coaxum

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Scopes Monkey Trial

The Scopes Monkey Trial formally known as The State of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes, was an American legal case in 1925 in which a substitute high school teacher, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state funded school. The trial was deliberately staged to attract attention to the small-town of Dayton, Tennessee. Scopes was unsure on whether he had ever actually taught evolution, but he personally incriminated himself so that the case could have a defendant. Scopes was found guilty and fined $100, but the verdict overturned on a technicality. The trial served its purpose of drawing intense national publicity, as national reporters flocked to Dayton to cover the big-name lawyers who had agreed to represent each side of the case. Williams Jennings Bryan, three-time presidential candidate, argued for the prosecution, while Clarence Darrow, the famed defense attorney, argued for Scopes.

Letter to the Editor

Table of Contents

  • Nativism
  • Politics
  • Court Cases
  • Scopes Monkey Trial
  • Henry Ford
  • Marcus Garvey
  • Jazz Age
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Table of Contents