Dear Uncle Cecil,
The famous Scopes monkey trial in the 1920s involved teaching the Theory of Evolution in the Bible Belt south — which was against the law at the time. It became a national event when Clarence Darrow squared off against William Jennings Bryant in the courtroom.
My recollection is that Mr. Scopes lost and was ordered to pay a fine under Tennessee law. But didn’t Darrow appeal it? Who really won in the end? Is evolution taught in the Deep South today? And what eventually became of the main characters involved?
You’re the Best!