Season 14, Episode 9 Monkey Trial
First Aired: February 17, 2002
Recalling the “epic battle” over evolution waged in 1925 by fundamentalist titan William Jennings Bryan and freethinking Clarence Darrow. This chronicle also explores trial oddities. It was held in Dayton, Tenn., because civic boosters wanted to put the town “on the map.” Then there's John Scopes, the football coach (teaching science was a side job) who volunteered to be prosecuted. The offending book he used was Tennessee's “official” science text. Moreover, as he wrote in his memoirs, he didn't recall ever actually teaching evolution. Linda Hunt narrates.
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- Premiered: October 4, 1988
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen… (more)
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