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  • American History Magazine

    Clarence Darrow: Dragonslayer

    Clarence Darrow turned court clashes into mass entertainment as he wielded his lance against big business and big government. He had magnificent presence. He would walk into the courtroom, the conversation would stop and people would...

  • MHQ Magazine

    When Did Warfare Begin?

    Archaeology, evolution, and the evidence of early human conflict When did humans begin to kill humans? Or more precisely, when did groups of humans learn to cooperate to kill members of other groups? The debate on this subject is old and...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Letters from Readers- MHQ Spring 2015

    War and Evolution Wayne Lee’s excellent article on the origins of warfare was both intellectually stimulating and a little disquieting for what was omitted and for how things were worded. I drew back my breath when I read Mr. Lee’s...

  • American History Magazine

    American Biography: D.M. Bennett

    As the country’s leading publisher of “free thought” literature, D.M. Bennett, the founder and guiding light of The Truth Seeker from 1873 until his death in 1882, was the most revered and reviled editor of the Gilded Age. To his...

  • American History

    Scopes Trial

    In 1925 science teacher John Scopes agreed to challenge Tennessee's new anti-evolution law in court. The resulting legal battle pitted two of the country's premier orators against each other and treated newspaper readers worldwide to what...

  • Picture of the Day

    Picture of the Day: July 10

    Tennessee vs. John Scopes: The ‘Monkey Trial’ The Scopes ‘Monkey Trial,’ which started on July 10, 1925, was the result of a conspiracy hatched at Robinson’s Drug Store in Dayton, Tenn. John Scopes (see...

  • Picture of the Day

    Picture of the Day: February 13

    Naturalist Charles Darwin Charles Robert Darwin, born on February 12, 1809, was the English naturalist whose theory of evolution rocked Victorian religion and science. Shortly after his graduation from Cambridge, Darwin sailed as a...

  • American History

    Dayton, 75 Years Later – Sidebar: August ’00 American History

    The history of the Scopes Trial is far from forgotten in present-day Dayton, Tennessee. The Rhea County town, located on the banks of the Tennessee River between Knoxville and Chattanooga, still embraces its singular historic moment, even...

  • American History

    Evolution on Trial: August ’00 American History Feature

      Seventy-five years ago, science teacher John Scopes agreed to challenge Tennessee’s new anti-evolution law in court. The resulting legal battle pitted two of the country’s premier orators against each other and treated...

  • American History Archives

    American History: August 2000 From the Editor

      Wars, Forgotten and Otherwise THE STORIES from history that interest me the most are those that still reverberate. For example, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the court case remembered as the “Scopes Monkey...