Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Anniversary of Scopes indictment

From the New York Times, May 25, 1925:
Scopes Is Indicted in Tennessee for Teaching Evolution Grand Jury Acts After Judge Reads Genesis on the Creation of Man
Nashville, Tenn., May 25 -- John T. Scopes, young Dayton (Tenn.) high school teacher, tonight stands indicted for having taught the theory of evolution to students attending his science classes in violation of a law passed by the Tennessee Legislature and signed by the Governor on March 21, 1925. The date for this trial has been fixed for July 10 at Dayton. The hearing of the case will bring many notables to the little mountain town, including William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution and Clarence Darrow of Chicago and Dudley Field Malone of New York for the defense.


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