Mencken Mocks “Monkey” Trials

Henry Louis MenckenOn this date in 1925, journalist H.L. Mencken narrowly missed being ridden out on a rail from Dayton, Tennessee. Mencken was in Dayton to write his scathing articles about the famous Scopes “monkey” trials. John Scopes, a substitute teacher, had been accused of teaching evolution in a state-funded school, which, at the time, was a crime in Tennessee.

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