Presentation on theme: "The Scopes Monkey Trial 1927 Dayton, Tennessee. State of Tennessee v. John Scopes John Scopes was a teacher in the public schools It was against the law."— Presentation transcript:
State of Tennessee v. John Scopes John Scopes was a teacher in the public schools It was against the law to teach the theory of evolution to students John Scopes taught the theory of evolution The Law was called the Butler Law
Inherit The Wind Movie based on play that tells the story of John Scopes and the trial that took place in Tennessee The characters look like the real personalities Most famous actors
Actors Spencer Tracy plays Clarence Darrow Frederik March plays William Jennings Bryan Gene Kelley plays H.L. Menken
Players in the Real Story John Scopes – The Teacher Clarence Darrow – Lawyer who worked for Scopes – Defense Attorney William Jennings Bryan – Lawyer who worked for the State of Tennessee – Prosecuting Attorney H.L. Menken – Reporter for national newspapers
The Theory of Evolution v. Creationism A theory is an idea that is still being tested or challenged The Bible – Book of Genesis – Describes how God made the earth and the living creatures on it. The story tells of Adam and Eve and succeeding generations. This is the creationist theory. Evolution is the biological explanation of the origin of man from ape-like creatures over many thousands of years. (The Monkey Trial)
Characters/Actors Matthew Harrison Brady = the real William Jennings Bryan, the fundamentalist lawyer who represented the state of Tennessee Bertram Cates represents John Scopes in the film. Henry Drummond = the real Clarence Darrow, the defense attorney for John Scopes (Bertram Cates)
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