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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195072389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.001.0001

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THE SCOPES TRIAL

THE SCOPES TRIAL

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(p.271) 25 THE SCOPES TRIAL
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Mencken
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0026

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

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