Scopes Trial (96 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)

Context

On 24 July, John T. Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in a Dayton, TN, high school. The highly publicised case, also known as the ‘Monkey Trial’, had its genesis in Scopes’ violation of a Tennessee legislature decree that forbade the teaching evolution. The lead prosecutor, William Jennings Bryan, was famous in his own right. The judge in the case was careful to omit any discussion of the law’s constitutionality and focus on whether Scopes was in contravention of that law. Thus, Scopes was found guilty, fined $100 dollars and was ordered to pay court costs.

Citation:
Richert, Lucas Paul. "Scopes Trial". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2008
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