Baker & Taylor Marking the 75th anniversary of the famed Monkey Trial over teaching evolution in the public schools of Dayton, Tennessee, photographs present images of the main players, dramatic events during the twelve-day trial, and of townspeople and visitors.
Blackwell North Amer It was a big story in a small place. During the summer of 1925, the tiny hamlet of Dayton, Tennessee, became the setting for one of the most controversial trials in American history. In a move designed partly as a publicity scheme and partly as a means to test a newly enacted anti-evolution law, a young teacher named John Thomas Scopes agreed to be arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of natural selection in the public schools. The resulting courtroom show-down pitted Clarence Darrow, the brilliant trial lawyer and self-proclaimed agnostic, against Williams Jennings Bryan, three-time presidential candidate and fundamentalist Christian. For twelve days all eyes focused on Dayton as a spirited public debate unfolded. Appearing on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Scopes trial, this book recalls that famous episode through an array of archival photographs, many never before published. Images of the circus-like atmosphere that overtook Dayton during the trial alternate with candid photos of the key players.