The Scopes Monkey Trial (formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes) was an infamous trial in 1925 involving schoolteacher John Scopes who was being tried for violating Tennessee’s law for teaching evolution to his students. The trial ended with the jury finding Scopes guilty and he was fined $100.
The trial received worldwide attention and was seen a sensationalized media event with both supporters and opponents of the evolution theory. The verdict was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court of Tennessee in 192
The outcome of the Scopes Monkey Trial changed the course of history as it raised important questions about the role of science in society and the debate between religion and science-based education.