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THE SCOPES TRIAL

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

in Mencken

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195072389
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199787982 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0026
 THE SCOPES TRIAL

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This chapter presents a history of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, when famed lawyer Clarence Darrow defended John Thomas Scopes, a schoolteacher in Dayton, Tennessee, for teaching the theory of evolution. Leading the prosecution was Christian fundamentalist, William Jennings Bryan, whom Mencken had encountered as a reporter years before. The chapter focuses on Mencken's crucial role in the trial, and the positive and negative influence he exerted.

Keywords: John Scopes; fundamentalism; Darwin; Clarence Darrow; William Jennings Bryan; Yokels; Arthur Garfield Hays; evolution

Chapter.  11137 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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