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  • Creationists v. Evolutionists
  • Exploring the Scopes Trial Legal Case
  • Scene 1
  • The Butler Act in Tennessee during the 1920's prohibited schools from teaching about evolution. 
  • Scene 2
  • Our friend John Scopes, a football coach decided to substitute a biology course and teach evolution.
  • John Scopes
  • Scene 3
  • After an intensive 8 day trial, Scopes was found guilty and was fined 100 dollars.
  • Found Guilty!
  • Scene 4
  • This case was not intended to discuss the constitutionality of the Butler Act, but rather to judge John Scope's violation of law.
  • Finale
  • Ultimately, the entire trial was considered to be staged with the intentions of increasing popularity of the city The plan worked, and now the courthouse is displayed as a historic site.
  • More than 200 newspapers covred this event, and journalists flocked from all over the country.
  • The immediate impact caused by this case was that the public schools to needed to eliminate references to evolution.
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