Clarence Darrow at the Scopes Evolution Trial, Dayton, Tennessee, July 1925 Digital History ID 2736|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: photograph
Museum Number: LC-USZ62-15589
Annotation: The Scopes Trial is one of the best known in American history because it symbolizes the conflict between science and theology, faith and reason, individual liberty and majority rule. The object of intense publicity, the trial was seen as a clash between urban sophistication and rural fundamentalism. The trial was further popularized by the 1955 play, Inherit the Wind, which became a hit film in 1960. The play and subsequent movie cast the trial as a struggle for truth and freedom against repression and ignorance.
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