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Episode 17 - The Scopes Trial

Episode 17 - The Scopes Trial

In the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, the morning of Friday
July 10, 1925 was blisteringly hot. Outside the country courtroom, a crowd of
around 1000 people had gathered. Squeezing through the throng came a young
schoolteacher and athletics coach, John Scopes. Scopes was accompanied by Clarence
Darrow, one of the most famous lawyers in the United States. But when a cheer
went up from the assembled mass, it was not for Scopes or Darrow, but for the
elderly, burly figure of Williams Jennings Bryan. Lawyer, moralist, three times
Presidential candidate, religious authority, and key figure in the Populist
movement of the 1890s. These two legal titans were here to defend and prosecute
John Scopes. His crime was admitting to teaching Darwinian evolution in
defiance of a state law banning the promulgation of evolutionary theory.

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