1967 May 17

Tennessee Repeals Anti-Evolution Law — 42 Years After Scopes

 

Forty-two years after the famous Scopes Monkey Trial, Tennessee on this day finally repealed the 1925 Butler Act, which banned the teaching of evolution in the public schools and led to the famous trial (July 10, 1925). The Scopes case never reached the Supreme Court, but a similar Arkansas law was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Epperson v. Arkansas, on November 12, 1968.

Learn more about the battle between science and religion at the National Center for Science Education: http://ncse.com/evolution

Read about the on-going struggle: Edward J. Larson, Trial and Error: The American Controversy over Creation and Evolution (1985)

Watch a documentary on the Scopes trial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVD4TjxnJ0M

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