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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
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
• 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"
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
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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