WITH PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE SCOPES TRIAL, let me just note that what you think you know about it is probably wrong — especially if what you think you know about it comes from watching Inherit The Wind.
Inherit the Wind used the Scopes trial to talk about censorship in 1950s America. It had nothing whatever to do with what really happened in Tennessee. But the play was successfully seized on by Darwin’s followers—because it so conveniently prevented a true discussion of the issues around human uniqueness.
And nothing much has changed.