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John Scopes Commits to Fighting Ban on Teaching Evolution

John Scopes and Local Community Leaders

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John T. Scopes, expecting to be indicted on the following day for violating the Tennessee law against teaching evolution in public schools, says that he is committed to fighting the law. His case will become the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial.

Scopes explains to reporters:

"I didn't know I had started anything. I didn't know I had violated the law of Tennessee, but if they seem to think so I am willing to stay with them. I did not get myself into it purposely, but so long as I am in the midst of it I am willing to stay."

Actually, Scopes volunteered for this because he's young, unmarried, and has the least to lose among all the other potential targets. Community leaders in Dayton, Tennessee, have orchestrated this test case because they want their community to be the site of the first challenge to the Butler Act. They believe that the trial will become a big deal, putting their town "on the map" and thus attracting business, tourism, and attention.

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The Scopes Trial Gets Underway

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