State Vs. John Scopes

"Monkey Trial"

The Crime

John scopes, a high school biology teacher, was charged with illegally teaching evolution against Tennessee's Anti-evolution Statute.

The Role of the Media

The court case was deliberately staged to attract publicity to a small town of dayton Tennessee, turned into a carnival like atmosphere. It gain this publicity because it showed the modernist vs. fundamentalist argument.

The Personalities

The Defendant- John Scopes

The Prosecutor- William Jennings Bryan

The Judge- John t Roaulston

The Defense attorney- Clarence Daro

The Significance

John Scopes was forced to pay a fine of 100$, but through a technicality never had to pay it. The trial caused a significant set back for the anti-evolustionis forces.