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An era was coming to an end and a new one was beginning America was changing and socialism was taking its hold The 1920s social life was split mostly between traditionalists and modernists Traditionalists believed everything with value was coming to an end and the behavior of the modernists began to fall upon ones intellect instead of societys approval Jazz flowed through the veins of the young as fluently as did alcohol Prohibition was questioned contemporary art was abstract as was the thoughts of the youngHanson Linder They argued mainstream concepts and searched for new ideas One such person was John Thomas Scopes a high school science teacher who was substituting for a biology teacher in Dayton TennesseeHanson Linder Menton He assigned readings on evolution for a review Wanting to get publicity for their town a group of conspirators including George Rappaylea a friend of Scopes concocted a lynching lawsuit against him Rappaylea fed words to Scopes to create an image of criminal act by Scopes teaching of evolution His teaching came from the state approved textbook that Scopes had assigned work from Thus Scopes had broken the law Scopes was taken to court and the trial of the 20s had begun At court Scopes was triedHanson Linder Originally Rappaylea wanted to have science fiction writer HG Wells to head the defense Wells had no interest in the case but a law school dean from Knoxville John Neal volunteered Willeam Jennings Bryan accompanied by Clarence Darrow offered to join the prosecution team despite the fact he had not practiced law in over thirty years Dudley Field Malone an international divorce attorney took up the last spot of the defense team The rest of the prosecution team consisted of A T Stewart Ben B McKenzie and Bryans son William Jennings Bryan JrHanson Linder Menton Daytons environment became carnival-like as it gained its 15 seconds of fame Banners decorated the streets lemonade stands were set up chimpanzees
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