July 21: John Scopes Found Guilty on Teaching Evolution

John Scopes

July 21, 1925: John Scopes found guilty for teaching evolution

John Scopes was an activist and a teacher. In what was called the “Scopes Monkey Trial, John was charged on May 5th, 1925 of teaching evolution in his Tennessee classroom. On July 21 he was found guilty and fined $100. The central argument in the case was the Butler Act, prohibiting that human evolution, or any Biblical account of origin could be taught.Scopes verdict was overturned, but only because of a technicality. The Judge fined Scopes and not a jury.

The Butler Act was repealed in 1967.

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