Great Battles Lecture Series: The Scopes Monkey Trial July 21, 1925
Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The Scopes Monkey Trial was a landmark American legal case in 1925 in which high school science teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act* which made it unlawful to teach evolution. Setting modernists, who said religion was consistent with evolution, against religious fundamentalists, this trial helped to fuel the controversy regarding teaching evolution in public schools. Although Scopes technically lost the case, many have perceived it as a victory for evolutionists and rationalism. *Formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and informally known as the Scopes Monkey Trial. Join Dr. Janet Monge, Penn Museum Physical Anthropology Curator-in-Charge and Keeper of Collections, as she discusses this landmark event.
TAGS: American History
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