| || ||On July 10th, 1925, the case of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, better known as the Scopes Monkey Trial opened in Dayton, Tennessee. It was a public clash between proponents and opponents of teaching evolution in the schools. According to John Herron's guest this week--Edward Larson--the trial took on a life and meaning of its own. Edward Larson is Professor of History and Law at the University of Georgia, and the author of Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. |
And William Ashworth joins us to comment on H.L. Mencken’s account of the Scopes trial. Ashworth is professor of history at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and consultant for the History of Science at the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology.