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05/05/1925 John T. Scopes charged with teaching evolution in public school

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The Scopes Monkey Trial Explained in 5 Minutes: US History Review

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History Brief: The Scopes Trial

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Scopes Monkey Trial

John T. Scopes , a high school teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, was charged with teaching evolution from George William Hunter's textbook, Civic Biology: Presented in Problems. Teaching evolution was a violation of the Butler Act, a law prohibiting public school teachers from denying the Biblical account of mankind's origin. The ensuing legal fight became known as the Scopes Monkey Trial.
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