Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan at the Scopes trial in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925. Bryan was a very famous orator and three-time Democratic presidential nominee when he argued his last big case, prosecuting the teacher. Bryan won, but Biblical literalism lost in the court of public opinion, and Bryan died just a few days after the verdict was announced. Tennessee’s anti-evolution law, aimed at banning an idea and protecting a particular Biblical interpretation, violated the Constitutional separation of church and state. (Associated Press)

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