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The Trial of John T. Scopes

Lecture no. 7 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom

The Trial of John T. Scopes

Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

In 1925, Tennessee enacted a law making the teaching of evolution in any state-supported school a crime. John Scopes was a young science teacher at the time who agreed to serve as a test case for the law, defended by Clarence Darrow. Explore the heated opinions expressed on both sides and how the trial’s publicity brought the issue directly into American homes.


January 14, 2020