Highlights of the Scopes Trial Anniversary News Coverage

The Scopes Monkey Trial, 80 Years Later
National Public Radio, July 5, 2005
In July 1925, the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, became the site of the clash of religion, evolution, and public school education. NPR looks back at the Scopes monkey trial and examines where the battle over evolution stands today.

Tennessee town celebrates 80th anniversary of Scopes Trial as evolution debate rages on
The Associated Press, July 9, 2005 (published in San Diego Tribune)
Jim Sullivan stood outside the Rhea County Courthouse and recalled the carnival-like atmosphere during the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925, when the teaching of evolution was put on trial. "They had fights on all these corners and people all over the place," said Sullivan, 85, who remembers seeing Bible-toting preachers and monkeys on leashes. As the town prepares for its annual re-enactment of the trial here eight decades later, debate over teaching evolution lives on.

A Debate That Does Not End
Newsweek, July 4, 2005
Syndicated columnist George Will reflects on the ''the most widely publicized misdemeanor case in American history."

Evolution defenders reflect on Scopes; Debates have only slightly changed
Kansas City Star, July 9, 2005
The debate that took place 80 years ago during the Scopes "monkey" trial remains relevant today, evolution defenders say. Eugenie Scott, director of the National Center for Science Education, and three other evolution defenders participated in a conference call with media across the nation to acknowledge the anniversary of the Scopes trial. Joining Scott were Harry McDonald, president of Kansas Citizens for Science; Wes McCoy, chairman of the North Cobb High School science department in Georgia; and Patricia Princehouse, a biology teacher at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

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