Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Funnies - Special Edition: The 90th Anniversary of the Scopes Monkey Trial (1922)

"It's a Lie!"
Life Magazine, 1922

Though it'd be another three years before the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial put evolution and religion at odds in a court of law, Life Magazine already was in the business of parodying William Jennings Bryan. The trial would come down in the sweltering Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee. The case matched perennial presidential candidate Bryan against famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow and ended in substitute teacher John Thomas Scopes being found guilty of violating Tennessee's Butler Act. The verdict would be overturned by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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