Charles Darwin's Theory Of Evolution

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In January of 1925, the State of Tennessee passed a law called The Butler Bill that "prohibited any teacher within the State of Tennessee to teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man and that man descended from a lower order of animals.”1 Fundamentalism was the basis of The Butler Bill. Fundamentalism is the belief in the literal interpretation of religious texts. In June, a Tennessee high school substitute teacher named John Scopes was accused of teaching Charles Darwin 's theory of evolution to students. The theory of evolution was a hypothesis that species survived through "natural selection", meaning the adaption of species evolving to better themselves to a changing and threatening environment and that man evolved from apes. His theory that Scopes taught was completely against the Butler law. Even though Scopes’ teaching of evolution violated the Butler Law, he should have had the right to teach Darwin 's theory because religion should not have had any involvement with the education system.
The Scope Monkey Trial July 10, 1925, the trial of John Scopes began. The case attracted a lot of attention that it broadcasted throughout the United States via radio. In Scopes defense, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), together with Clarence Darrow, a famous attorney from Chicago, came to Scopes’ defense for the trial. . For the prosecution, Tennessee acquired the attention of William Jennings Bryan, a three-time Democratic presidential…
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