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Unformatted text preview: s a substitute biology teacher. The quiet procedural matter exploded into a media carnival when two great lawyers arrived to argue the case. (John Scopes) Opening statements pictured the trial as a titanic struggle between good and evil or truth and ignorance. . Bryan claimed that “If evolution wins, Christianity goes.” . Darrow argued, "Scopes isn't on trial civilization is on trial. " Darrow examines Bryan Course • The defense argued for the scientific validity of evolution and against the constitutionality of the Butler Act, but it did not deny that Scopes had broken the law. • Darrow, in cross-examining Bryan, succeeded in pointing out several serious inconsistencies ( 矛矛 ) in Fundamentalist belief. Results • Scopes was convicted and fined $100, but the verdict was later reversed on technical grounds by the state supreme court. The Butler Act remained on the books until 1967. • The trial was seen as a victory for evolution. Judges of the Monkey Trial Although Scopes lost the trial, yet his influence on the society and the law was unmatched. Whenever we talk about the greatest trial of the twentieth century, that honor, of course, must go to the "Monkey Trial" of 1925. So why is the Scopes trial considered the trial of the century? We counted the following ways: The Scopes Trial already has stood the test of time. Seventy-five years later it stands as the most talked about trial of the first part of the twentieth century. ←Bryan Mencken→ The Scopes Trial brought together America's greatest defense attorney, Clarence Darrow, its greatest political orator and a sort of Fundamentalist Pope, three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, and its greatest and most acerbic journalist, H. L. Mencken. The Scopes Trial produced what the New York Times called "the most amazing courtroom scene in Anglo-American history," the calling of prosecutor William Jennings Bryan to the stand by Clarence Darrow for examination on the question of whether every story in the Bible was literally true...
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