The Scopes Monkey Trial

The Scopes Monkey Trial

by Jim Whiting
     
 
One of the most famous trials in U.S. history took place in a tiny town in Tennessee in 1925. Dayton was the site of what became known as the Scopes Monkey Trial.
The defendant, John T. Scopes, was accused of violating a recently passed state law. This law made it illegal to teach the theory of evolution. Under most circumstances, few people would have paid any

Overview

One of the most famous trials in U.S. history took place in a tiny town in Tennessee in 1925. Dayton was the site of what became known as the Scopes Monkey Trial.
The defendant, John T. Scopes, was accused of violating a recently passed state law. This law made it illegal to teach the theory of evolution. Under most circumstances, few people would have paid any attention to the trial.
Several of Dayton's leading citizens saw a chance to put their town on the map. They were successful. Two of the country's top lawyers—William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow—soon became involved. Dozens of reporters poured into Dayton from all over the country. It was the first trial to receive live media coverage.
Scopes was found guilty. He had to pay a small fine. But the issues about evolution that the trial raised are still debated today.

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School Library Journal
Gr 6–9
Considering the complexity of the topics, these titles do a remarkable job of presenting brief, understandable discussions. Five chapters each conclude with an FYI page featuring a person or topic, such as "The Battle of Jutland" (World War I ) and "Drugstores as Social Centers" (Scopes Trial ). Vintage photos add interest, but captions mostly repeat the texts. World War I has at least three typographical errors. These titles could be considered as general purchases, but more than likely should be for specific needs.
—Eldon YounceCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584154686
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
Monumental Milestones Series
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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