Clarence (Seward) Darrow Biography

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Clarence Darrow is best known as the attorney who defended John Thomas Scopes, the schoolteacher brought to trial in 1925 for teaching the theory of evolution in his classroom in Hillsboro, Tennessee. Darrow volunteered his services in this case because he wished to focus the critical attention of the country on the danger posed to education by the agenda of fanatical Christian fundamentalism for which William Jennings Bryan, the prosecutor in the case, was an important spokesperson. The heavily publicized "Scopes Trial" or "monkey trial" resulted in the defendant's conviction (Scopes was fined one hundred dollars), but the extensive media coverage of Darrow's cross-examination of Bryan made a public mockery of the creationist movement, and the Tennessee Supreme Court later reversed the judgment and dismissed the case. Though this trial and Darrow's reputation were together transcribed into public memory by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's 1955 play, Inherit...

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