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    George Rappleyea Thesis

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    THE GREAT MONKEY TRIAL Thesis In Dayton, Tennessee, in 1925, as a substitute teacher, John Scopes illegally taught evolution. The ACLU was against the Butler Act (which most people in Tennessee believed in), that teaching evolution in public schools was wrong. They took a stand and partnered with Clarence Darrow, a famous defense attorney, to defend John Scopes who was convinced to stand. George Rappleyea, the manager of the Cumberland Coal and Iron Company in Dayton, agreed with the ACLU, but also was hoping to boost the economy for Dayton. Background In August, 1900, John Thomas Scopes was born in the large city of Paducah. Scopes moved around a lot due to his dad's work. “Scopes was born in Paducah, Kentucky in 1900. His family…

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    The Defense of the Defenseless “If anybody finds anything in this life that brings them consolation and health and happiness, I think they ought to have it”(Linder para 8). This quote came from defensive lawyer Clarence Darrow. Darrow felt that everyone was entitled to life, freedom of thought, and a second chance. To guarantee everyone got their second chance, freedom of thought, and continuance of life, he would take their cases to the court where he used his creative speeches and new ideas…

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    “Case Against Free Will” - Protocol Paper 4 RECALL: In “The Case against Free Will” by Rachels question; 1) Are we really responsible for what we do.; 2) Does “Free Will or Free Choice,” effect our behavior. Rachels claim “Since we are a part of nature, whatever happens inside us follows the laws of nature.”; 3) The case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, who murdered a boy named Bobby Franks, is used as an example to support their claim; 4) Clarence Darrow, the defense lawyer for Leopold and…

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    In 1925, the Scopes Trial occurred because John Scopes, a high school teacher, was accused of breaking Tennessee’s law against the teaching of evolution in public schools. The prosecution welcomed William Jennings Bryan to take part in the trial, while the defense chose Clarence Darrow on their team. Bryan was a firm religious fundamentalist, however encouraged the indictment to battle its fight on sacred grounds. Bryan trusted that groups were legitimized in setting educational principles…

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    But, was Clarence Darrow guilty of attempting to bribe a juror? That’s a question that Kevin Tierney asks in his biography of Darrow. Piecing together the evidence, Tierney (1979) writes that a good many people – including reporters and other attorney, such as Earl Rogers – thought he was guilty. Perhaps, Tierney says paraphrasing what Darrow said in cases he was defending, sometimes the ends justifies the means, and maybe this was a philosophy that was more than just courtroom rhetoric. Alan…

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    Once a plea of innocence had been lodged, Darrow moved to quash the indictment against his client by arguing that the Butler Law was a ‘foolish, mischievous, and wicked act . . . as brazen and bold an attempt to destroy liberty as ever was seen in the Middle Ages.’ Neal went on to point out how the Tennessee constitution held that ‘no preference shall be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.’ Since the anti-evolution law gave preference to the Bible over other…

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    plan to commit the perfect crime. With further investigation, they found out that Nathan’s side of the story was true and Robert Crowe held a press conference revealing the murder case was solved. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb confessed and agreed they were the murderers. The kidnapping was planned several months before and Bobby Franks was not the original victim. He was beaten up with chisel and an attempt was made to disfigure him with acid. Loeb family chased down Clarence Darrow and…

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    The Scopes Trial took place in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee. A group of teachers decided to test a law called the Butler Law. The Butler law made it illegal to teach the theory of evolution and instead mandated the biblical interpretation of creationism. The teachers felt that academic freedom and integrity as well as separation of church and state was at stake. Twenty four year old science teacher and football coach John T. Scopes would teach the class. Knowing he would be arrested Scopes taught…

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    On September 24, 1924, Clarence Darrow Delivered a speech before Judge John Coverly. In this speech Darrow implies that two boys, Nathan Leopold, age 19 and Richard Loeb, age 18 should not get the death penalty for the murder of Bobby Franks. Darrow cleverly argues his point that the boys were taught that human was cheap due to war and inhumane emotions and also argues against inhuman methods and punishments of the American justice system. Though the boys are indeed guilty of the crime they…

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    Modernism In The 1920s

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    that denies the story of the Divine creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man descended from a lower order of animals.’”(Jeffrey P. Moran, Pg.21), had been established into a law. In the south, the Christian religion was very dominant and when the theory of evolution came into the southern classrooms which contradicted the idea that God created everything individually, parents were overcome with fear that their children would question their orthodox Christian…

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