The Scopes Monkey Trial (1925)

In 1925, when Tennessee high school teacher John Scopes was arrested on a charge of teaching his students about evolution, The Sun's reporting (and legal aid) made the case a national cause celebre. Covering the hearing, H.L. Mencken coined the terms "Monkey Trial" and "Bible Belt," and derided prosecutor William Jennings Bryan (right, with defense attorney Clarence Darrow).<br><br>
In the 1960 film "Inherit the Wind," the dapper Gene Kelly was cast to portray the character based on the notoriously unfashionable Mencken.

( Associated Press file photo )

In 1925, when Tennessee high school teacher John Scopes was arrested on a charge of teaching his students about evolution, The Sun's reporting (and legal aid) made the case a national cause celebre. Covering the hearing, H.L. Mencken coined the terms "Monkey Trial" and "Bible Belt," and derided prosecutor William Jennings Bryan (right, with defense attorney Clarence Darrow).

In the 1960 film "Inherit the Wind," the dapper Gene Kelly was cast to portray the character based on the notoriously unfashionable Mencken.

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