The Scopes Trial

The Scopes Trial

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  • Shouldn't we be teaching evolution in schools?
  • Rappleyea convinced Scopes, a biology teacher, to challenge the Butler Act that was against teaching evolution in schools.
  • Yes!
  • Clarence Darrow defended Scopes in the trial against the Butler Act.
  • William Jennings Bryan defended the Butler Act. Darrow drilled him with questions about biblical history which Bryan could not answer.
  • Bryan's prosecution was not to prove the worth of the Butler Act, but to rather prove that Scopes had broken the law.
  • The jury finds Mr. Scopes guilty!
  • Although the jury found Scopes guilty, Darrow made Bryan suffer a public embarrassment that had a lasting impact.
  • In today's classrooms, evolution is taught. The Scopes Trial dealt with the debate over whether to stick with tradition or to abandon it for progress’ sake
  • Ugh! Why do we have to learn about another boring topic?!
  • Because the Butler Act was overturned in 1967, dude!
  • Today we will be learning about Darwin's theory of evolution!
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