The Scopes Trial
This video is intended for people that want to learn more about The Scopes Trial. The audience, during 1925, where people within the courtroom, the judge, the jury, the prosecution or, and the defendant.
The Scopes Trial was help in a Tennessee courtroom due to a law that was passed called the Tennessee's Butler Act which made it unlawful to teach Charles Darwin's theory of human evolution in any state-funded school.
The trial started American Civil Liberties Union offered to defend any school teacher who wanted to challenge this (due to it’s against the constitution). John Scopes, science teacher from Dayton, Tennessee took the challenge. He hired Clarence Darrow as his defense attorney. The prosecution’s attorney was William Jennings Bryan.
William Jennings Bryan spoke for many americans who felt the theory of evolution contradicted deeply held religious beliefs. Clarence Darrow attacked Tennessee law as a threat to free expression.
At the end of the trial, William Jennings Bryan won the case and John Scope's was found guilty had was fined $100.00.
The significance of The Scopes Trial that it exposed a deep division in american society between traditional religious values and new values based on scientific ways of thought.