The Scopes monkey trial, 85 years later

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John Thomas ScopesThe man in the picture is John Thomas Scopes. He was a teacher in Dayton (Tennessee, USA) who in 1925 was brought to court for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. At that time, teaching evolution in Tennessee meant a violation of the Butler Act, a law prohibiting it in that State. The charge led to the trial formally known as The State of Tennessee vs. Scopes (popularly, the Scopes monkey trial), a milestone in the struggle of creationism followers to recognize their “religion” as a scientific truth. It attracted the media attention (read, for example, a chronicle of 1925) and inspired the play Inherit the wind (read the review of its release), and various film and television versions. In fact, 85 years later, the trial is still a current issue and some media talk about it.