This photo taken by Watson Davis of the Science Service shows Clarence Darrow, right, questioning William Jennings Bryant during the Scopes Monkey Trial. Marcel C. LaFollette, a scholar and Smithsonian volunteer, found the picture in the Smithsonian’s archives. James Glen Stovall (email), Professor of Journalism at the University of Tennessee has a writeup of the discovery and of the trial at his site JPROF.

Carl Bunin (email) publishes a newsletter, “This week in history. Today, in 1925

Biology teacher John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in a Dayton, Tennessee, high school in violation of state law. Working in a public school, he was prohibited by statute “to teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.”

University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School Professor Doug Linder (email) conducts a Seminar in Famous Trials with a website featuring cases from Aristotle to Moussaoui. His Scopes site includes a wealth of materials.

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