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19 March 1860
Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

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4 May 1911
John Scopes Commits to Fighting Ban on Teaching Evolution

John Scopes Commits to Fighting Ban on Teaching Evolution

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4 July 1923
Chicago Tribune Prints Clarence Darrow's 55 Questions on the Bible to William Jennings Bryan

Chicago Tribune Prints Clarence Darrow's 55 Questions on the Bible to William Jennings Bryan

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23 July 1923
Georgia Assembly Considers Measure Opposing Atheism, Agnosticism, Darwinism

Georgia Assembly Considers Measure Opposing Atheism, Agnosticism, Darwinism

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31 July 1924

Georgia House Reviews Bill to Cut State Funding to Any School Teaching Evolution

13 March 1925
Tennessee Passes Butler Act to Ban Teaching Evolution in School, Leads to Scopes Monkey Trial

Tennessee Passes Butler Act to Ban Teaching Evolution in School, Leads to Scopes Monkey Trial

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21 March 1925
Law Prohibiting Teaching Evolution in Public Schools Signed by Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay

Law Prohibiting Teaching Evolution in Public Schools Signed by Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay

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24 April 1925
John Scopes Uses School Text Book to Teach Evolution

John Scopes Uses School Text Book to Teach Evolution

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4 May 1925
George Rappleyea and Others Plan to Challenge Tennessee's Butler Act

George Rappleyea and Others Plan to Challenge Tennessee's Butler Act

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7 May 1925
Scopes Served With Arrest Warrant for Teaching Evolution in Public School

Scopes Served With Arrest Warrant for Teaching Evolution in Public School

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10 May 1925
John Scopes Has Preliminary Hearing on Butler Act Violation

John Scopes Has Preliminary Hearing on Butler Act Violation

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13 May 1925
William Jennings Bryan Volunteers to Help Prosecute John Scopes

William Jennings Bryan Volunteers to Help Prosecute John Scopes

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14 May 1925
Former Law Professor John Randolph Neal Will Defend John Scopes

Former Law Professor John Randolph Neal Will Defend John Scopes

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18 May 1925
Clarence Darrow Criticizes William Jennings Bryan For Being Anti-Science

Clarence Darrow Criticizes William Jennings Bryan For Being Anti-Science

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18 May 1925
William Jennings Bryan: Evolution, Science, and Modernism be Stopped

William Jennings Bryan: Evolution, Science, and Modernism be Stopped

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24 May 1925
William Jennings Bryan: Children Shouldn't Learn Biology or Evolution

William Jennings Bryan: Children Shouldn't Learn Biology or Evolution

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24 May 1925
Clarence Darrow Explains Why Tennessee's Butler Act Should be Struck Down

Clarence Darrow Explains Why Tennessee's Butler Act Should be Struck Down

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25 May 1925
Judge Raulston Hurries to Get Scopes Monkey Trial Started

Judge Raulston Hurries to Get Scopes Monkey Trial Started

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28 June 1925
John Randolph Neal and John Scopes Discuss Trial with ACLU

John Randolph Neal and John Scopes Discuss Trial with ACLU

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6 June 1925
John Randolph Neal and John Scopes go to NYC to Get Help From ACLU

John Randolph Neal and John Scopes go to NYC to Get Help From ACLU

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8 June 1925
John Scopes and George Rappleyea in NYC to Find Scientists to Testify

John Scopes and George Rappleyea in NYC to Find Scientists to Testify

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13 June 1925
John Godsey, Defense Lawyer for John Scopes, Submits Motion to get Indictment Quashed

John Godsey, Defense Lawyer for John Scopes, Submits Motion to get Indictment Quashed

22 June 1925
ACLU Will Try to Raise $10,000 for Defense of John Scopes for Teaching Evolution

ACLU Will Try to Raise $10,000 for Defense of John Scopes for Teaching Evolution

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25 June 1925
Dudley Field Malone Declares Evolution and Christianity Can Co-Exist

Dudley Field Malone Declares Evolution and Christianity Can Co-Exist

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30 June 1925
George Rappleyea: Scopes Monkey Trial Not Done for Publicity

George Rappleyea: Scopes Monkey Trial Not Done for Publicity

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1 July 1925
John Scopes' Lawyer Discusses the Bigotry & Intolerance Scopes has Endured

John Scopes' Lawyer Discusses the Bigotry & Intolerance Scopes has Endured

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1 July 1925
John Scopes' Younger Sister Lela Scopes is Denied Renewal of Her Teaching Contract

John Scopes' Younger Sister Lela Scopes is Denied Renewal of Her Teaching Contract

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2 July 1925
Judge Raulston Calls Scopes Trial Most Important Legal Case in History

Judge Raulston Calls Scopes Trial Most Important Legal Case in History

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5 July 1925
William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters He's Sure Christianity Will Win Over Science

William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters He's Sure Christianity Will Win Over Science

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6 July 1925
Ohio Bishop William Brown: Limited Intellect Makes William Jennings Bryan an Atheist

Ohio Bishop William Brown: Limited Intellect Makes William Jennings Bryan an Atheist

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6 July 1925
Federal Judge Rules Against Injunction to Stop Scopes Monkey Trial

Federal Judge Rules Against Injunction to Stop Scopes Monkey Trial

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6 July 1925
John Cantrill of Chattanooga Bar Association: Scopes Didn't Violate Anti-Evolution Law

John Cantrill of Chattanooga Bar Association: Scopes Didn't Violate Anti-Evolution Law

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7 July 1925
William Jennings Bryan: Scopes Trial is Contest Between Evolution & Christianity

William Jennings Bryan: Scopes Trial is Contest Between Evolution & Christianity

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8 July 1925
Bainbridge Colby Resigns as John Scopes' Defense Attorney

Bainbridge Colby Resigns as John Scopes' Defense Attorney

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8 July 1925
Henry Mencken Arrives in Dayton, Is Credited with Creating the Monkey Trial Name

Henry Mencken Arrives in Dayton, Is Credited with Creating the Monkey Trial Name

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8 July 1925
Scopes' Defense Lawyer Criticizes Bryan for Calling for Constitutional Amendment on Evolution

Scopes' Defense Lawyer Criticizes Bryan for Calling for Constitutional Amendment on Evolution

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9 July 1925
Clarence Darrow Arrives in Dayton to Assist the Defense of John Scopes Trial

Clarence Darrow Arrives in Dayton to Assist the Defense of John Scopes Trial

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9 July 1925
William Jennings Bryan Claims Confidence in Jury's Decision in Scopes Trial

William Jennings Bryan Claims Confidence in Jury's Decision in Scopes Trial

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9 July 1925
John Scopes' Father Arrives in Dayton for His Son's Trial

John Scopes' Father Arrives in Dayton for His Son's Trial

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9 July 1925
William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters Scopes Harming America by Defending Evolution

William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters Scopes Harming America by Defending Evolution

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10 July 1925
Jury Selection Begins in the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee

Jury Selection Begins in the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee

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10 July 1925
England's Daily Mail Runs Editorial Critical of Fundamentalist Christians in Scopes Monkey Trial

England's Daily Mail Runs Editorial Critical of Fundamentalist Christians in Scopes Monkey Trial

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10 July 1925
John Scopes Given Degree of Doctor of Universal Religion From Liberal Church of Denver

John Scopes Given Degree of Doctor of Universal Religion From Liberal Church of Denver

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12 July 1925
William Jennings Bryan Defends Opposition to Expert Testimony in Scopes Trial

William Jennings Bryan Defends Opposition to Expert Testimony in Scopes Trial

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12 July 1925
Methodist Congregation Protests Guest Pastor Preaching in Defense of Evolution

Methodist Congregation Protests Guest Pastor Preaching in Defense of Evolution

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13 July 1925
Day Two of Scopes Trial: Defense Submits Motion to Quash Indictment

Day Two of Scopes Trial: Defense Submits Motion to Quash Indictment

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13 July 1925
Spectators at Scopes Trial Leave When Clarence Darrow Speaks

Spectators at Scopes Trial Leave When Clarence Darrow Speaks

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14 July 1925
Day Three of Scopes Trial: Darrow Files Objection to the Practice of Daily Prayers

Day Three of Scopes Trial: Darrow Files Objection to the Practice of Daily Prayers

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15 July 1925
Day Four of Scopes Trial: Jury Sworn In & the Defense Pleads Not Guilty

Day Four of Scopes Trial: Jury Sworn In & the Defense Pleads Not Guilty

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16 July 1925
Day Five of Scopes Trial: Prosecution & Defense Submit Arguments on Expert Testimony

Day Five of Scopes Trial: Prosecution & Defense Submit Arguments on Expert Testimony

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