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Monkey trial:

see Scopes trialScopes trial,
Tennessee legal case involving the teaching of evolution in public schools. A statute was passed (Mar., 1925) in Tennessee that prohibited the teaching in public schools of theories contrary to accepted interpretation of the biblical account of human creation.
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Monkey Trial


the common name for the trial of the high school teacher John T. Scopes, who was accused of propounding C. Darwin’s theory of evolution in his biology classes. (The teaching of the theory was prohibited in a number of southern states.) The trial took place July 10–21, 1925, in Dayton, Tenn. The prosecutor at the trial was one of the leaders of the Democratic Party, W. J. Bryan. The court rejected the defense’s demand that scientists be summoned as witnesses. Scopes was convicted and fined. The trial aroused the indignation of the American and international progressive community.

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