The John Scopes trial By:Emma WymanMr.Scopes teaches his students!
"Evolution is the change in the characteristics of a species over several generations."
Why Mr.Scopes is in trouble.
"You know since 1975 the teaching of evolution in TN has been illegal?"
Finding the famous lawyer.
"Hello I'm looking for a Clarence Darrow!"
"He is my father, he will be around soon."
"It's okay John, he's not as good as he thinks he is."
John Scopes is teaching his students about Evolution. Evolution is the scientist's theory that humans evolved over vast periods of time.
In trial layout.
"I am William Jennings Bryan, I was a Democratic candidate for president in 1896, 1900 and 1908."
The law that made evolution illegal was supported by a Christian fundamentalist, who accepted the Biblical story of creation.
Clarence Darrow who had defended many radical and labor unions, spoke for Scopes. Clarence Darrow was a famed defense attorney.
"Mr.Scopes your misdemeanor and fine is being dropped by the supreme court."
"YES!!!! Thank You!"
John Scopes is on trial because, he taught evolution at a time it was not allowed. Two famous lawyers took opposing sides in the trial. Mr.Bryan was a strong opponent of evolution, and led the Scopes prosecution.
The initial first decision of the courts.
"Mr.Scopes you are convicted of teaching evolution and are fined $100!"
Tennessee's Supreme Court end verdict came from the lower court.