Scopes Monkey Trial

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The Scopes Monkey trial was a battle over the right to teach Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in Tennessee public schools. The trial was named after the mistaken belief of many creationists that Darwinists believe humans directly evolved from monkeys. The trial began in July of 1925, the case prosecuted high school coach and science teacher, John Scopes. Scopes, pushed by leaders of his community, began teaching Hunters Civic Biology. The text book was the standard Tennessee text book until it was outlawed by Governor Austin Peay. Leaders of the Dayton community wanted Scopes to teach the book in order to raise controversy and bring publicity to the barely there town. The ACLU posted an open letter in American news papers inviting someone,

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