This Day In History: July 21, 1925: Scopes Found Guilty in ‘Monkey Trial’

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On this day in 1925, a Tennessee high school science teacher, John Thomas Scopes, was found guilty for allegedly teaching evolution, which violated Tennessee state law. The Scopes Trial, known as the “Monkey Trial,” lasted only a week, but ignited conversation and debate over whether to teach Creation or Evolution in the classroom.e_drugstore

The court acquitted Scopes on a technicality but upheld the constitutionality of the state law which was eventually overturned in 1967.

[Explore American Experience’s timeline of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial]

Image:  John Thomas Scopes, Library of Congress.

 

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One Comment on “This Day In History: July 21, 1925: Scopes Found Guilty in ‘Monkey Trial’”

  1. […] By Pundit from another Planet On this day in 1925, a Tennessee high school science teacher, John Thomas Scopes, was found guilty for allegedly teaching evolution, which violated Tennessee state law. The Scopes Trial, known as the “Monkey Trial,” lasted only a week, but ignited conversation and debate over whether to teach Creation or Evolution in the classroom. The court […] Like this? Read more and get your own subscription at […]


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