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.


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Episode 197 - Scopes At 85, Part I



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