Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Scoping Out the Scopes Trial -- 80 Years Later

The Smithsonian has discovered around 60 unpublished photographs from the "Scopes Monkey Trial." Among the shots -- this one of Clarence Darrow sparring with William Jennings Bryan in the courtroom. The trial had been moved outside because of the heat. William Jennings Bryan took ill and died five days after the trial ended in a conviction of Thomas Scopes, the Dayton, Tennessee school teacher on trial for teaching evolution.

Watson Davis took the pictures in 1925 while covering the trial for Science Service. Science Service gave the Smithsonian 267 cubic feet of material back in 1971 -- and the Smithsonian workers only got to it recently. (AP via Yahoo) [Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution]

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