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Wed May 27, 2009
John Scopes: Paducah's Quiet Revolutionary
By Jacque Day
Paducah, KY – Eighty-four years ago this week, an unassuming young schoolteacher, Paducah native John Thomas Scopes was indicted for introducing evolution to the classroom. The resulting trial, a monumental clash between legal titans Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, put Scopes in a unique place in a benchmark event of American history: the Scopes Trial, in its day dubbed the Scopes Monkey Trial. Scopes didn't testify, and for the remainder of his life spoke rarely of it. But within his quiet, mannered demeanor dwelled a rebellious spirit.
Jacque Day sits down with Kevin Tierney, a professor for UC Hastings College of the Law and author of Darrow: A Biography, and local historian and WKCTC professor Berry Craig, for a look into the life of Paducah's quiet revolutionary.