The “Monkey” Trial

Both these clips are footage from the Scopes Trial. The first clip has Darrow examining Bryan outside the courthouse and then shows us the Judge, Judge Raulston announcing the verdict, as well as multiple views of the courtroom, filled with people. The second silent clip shows Darrow and Bryan talking amongst one another, and again speaking during the trial, as well as more various courtroom shots. The trial brought out a dramatic clash between traditional and modern values in America at the time. The verdict of the trial found John Scopes guilty and had a dramatic effect on teaching evolution in the classroom. After the highly publicized trial, it was not until the 1960s that evolution reappeared in schoolbooks.

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