The Scopes Monkey Trial was one of the greatest publicity stunts ever

Ninety years ago today, the Scopes Trial was decided in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee. Today the so-called "Monkey Trial" is viewed as a turning point in the battle between evolution and religion in the country's schools. Thanks to plays like Inherit The Wind, we view the proceedings as an earnest and epic battle between two eternally opposed ideals.

But it was also one of the biggest publicity coups of the 20th century, and it turned Dayton into a highly profitable circus. The

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