Who- John Thomas Scopes, George Rappalyea, William Jennings Bryan
What- The Scopes Trial, formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was an American legal case in 1925 in which a substitute high school teacher, John T. Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school.
When- July 21, 1925
Where- Criminal Court of Tennessee
Historical Significance- The Scopes trial's significance is that it fueled the public debate over creation and evolution that has continued into the 21st century. The debate has far-reaching implications in our increasingly secular society.