William Jennings Bryan in the courtroom at the Scopes trial, Dayton, Tennessee

ID: SIA Acc. 10-042 [2009-21073]

Creator: Silverman, William

Form/Genre: Black-and-white negatives

Date: 1925

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-042, Image No. 2009-21073

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Political and religious leader William Jennings Bryan (the balding man visible at center of group in back) participated enthusiastically in prosecuting John Thomas Scopes for teaching evolution. Like Clarence Darrow and many participants and spectators, Bryan had shed his coat because of the oppressive heat. Judge John T. Raulston had allowed press photographers and radio personnel to set up their equipment inside the courtroom.


  • Scopes, John Thomas Trials, litigation, etc
  • Darrow, Clarence 1857-1938
  • Bryan, William Jennings 1860-1925
  • Raulston, John T


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-042, Image No. 2009-21073

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  • 1925
  • July 1925

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Black-and-white negatives

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SIA Acc. 10-042 [2009-21073]

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Cellulose nitrate film; 120mm

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