Episode 197 - Scopes At 85, Part I
March 03, 2014
An Anniversary Look Back At The History And Folklore Of America’s Most Famous Trial
Part One of a two-part presentation looking back at the history and folklore of America’s most famous trial.
On August 15, 2010, the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles offered an eighty-fifth anniversary reflection on the Scopes Trial.
The famous trial of a public-school teacher who broke a Tennessee law against teaching about evolution helped to define the careers of defense attorney Clarence Darrow, fundamentalist politician William Jennings Bryan, and journalist H.L. Mencken. It also inspired the play – and movie – Inherit the Wind.
The speaker is Edward J. Larson, University Professor of History and holder of the Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He is the author or co-author of fifteen books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning history, Summer of the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Controversy Over Science and Religion.
Dr. Larson is introduced by James Underdown, executive director of the Center for Inquiry – Los Angeles.