Today in Legal History: Teaching of Evolution Banned in Tennessee, March 13, 1925

220px-John_t_scopesOn March 13, 1925 the Tennessee senate passed the Butler Act which prohibited the teaching of evolution in publicly funded schools in the state.  Within a year of the law’s enactment, a high school biology teacher, John Scopes, challenged the law and was arrested.  His trial became one of the most famous trials in American history.  It is popularly known as the Scopes Monkey Trial. The story of the trial was made into a film called Inherit the Wind.  The film focuses on famed trial attorney Clarence Darrow’s defense of Scopes.

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