Essay on Evolution in the United States Education System
In July of 1925, a Tennessee high school teacher named John Scopes sat in a court room facing a violation of state law by teaching evolution, the idea that human beings and monkeys share a similar ancestry. This was no ordinary trial, this was the “trial of the century”; it featured heavy media attention, it was a battle between two of the best attorneys in the nation, and it raised many questions about evolution and creation, the theory that human beings were put on Earth by God. Today, these questions still are not answered, with cases and debates still popping up 78 years after the famous “monkey trial,” with the same issues at hand: creation versus evolution (Futuyma 6).
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The trial took place at Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee and, as expected, brought much media attention and fortune to the small town (one of the reasons why Rappalyea wanted to take on the ACLU’s offer). Newspapers from all over the country and from Europe followed the case closely, with Bryan trying to preserve the word of God and Darrow publicly saying he wanted to show up fundamentalism, making the case live up to its name, the “trial of the