HOW IT BEGAN -George W. Rappleyea was a short thin young metallurgical engineer from New York employed by the Cumberland Coal and Iron Company in Dayton, Tennessee, a sleepy little town 35 miles north of Chattanooga.
Money was scarce and the local economy needed a boost.On Monday, May 4, 1925, he
picked up a copy of the Chattanooga Times
and noticed a paid ad by the *American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Walking through the town of Dayton that quiet spring morning, Rappleyea
went into F.E. Robinson's drugstore on the main street of town, and began discussing the situation with him.
and began a tussle with Rappleyea
, that fooled everyone in the audience and caused a sensation in the public press.
It was not until a few weeks before the 1924-1925 school year was over that Rappleyea
initially conceived the idea.Rappleyea
first thought of it on May 4; later that day young Scopes agreed to say he
had taught evolution earlier that spring to the biology class.The next day Scopes was served with the warrant; at the trial, his
attorney said he
taught evolution on April 24.
...THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED -Scopes left the area that summer and studied geology at the University of Chicago, worked for an oil company in Venezuela and then a gas company in Louisiana, and died in 1970, not long after the passing of Rappleyea.