March 23, 1925 – Tennessee Outlaws Teaching Evolution


Clarence Darrow makes his opening argument.

And we were off to the races. Tennessee passed the Butler Law, forbidding the teaching of evolution and setting the stage for the prosecution of high-school teacher John Scopes, the famous “Monkey Trial” (the term coined by noted curmudgeon H.L. Menken) four months later.

It also spawned a great play and film, “Inherit the Wind.”

Just a reminder of how little some things have changed.



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