Scopes Trial Resources


Available from Bryan College Bookstore, P.O. Box 7794, Dayton, Tennessee 37321-7000

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These three items are available as PDF downloads. Items A and B are available in hard copy at no cost (except for postage and handling fee of $2.00 if ordered online or by mail).

  1. Map of Scopes Trial Sites and Dayton, Tennessee. By R. M. Cornelius.
  2. "William Jennings Bryan, The Scopes Trial, and Inherit the Wind." By R. M. Cornelius. (Dayton: Bryan College, 2003), 4pp.
  3. "World’s Most Famous Court Trial." By R.M. Cornelius. Reprinted from History of Rhea County, Tennessee. Comp. Bettye J. Broyles. (Dayton: Rhea County Historical & Genealogical Society, 1991), 6pp.

Scopes Trial Basics

The following items are available at the prices listed, plus postage and handling (if applicable):

  1. “Their Stage Drew all the World: A New Look at the Scopes Evolution Trial.” By R. M. Cornelius. Reprinted from Tennessee Historical Quarterly 40 (Summer, 1981): 129-143, color photos of the Trial Courthouse and Bryan College, $1.50. (Is also in #12.)
  2. IMPACT: The Scopes Trial, William Jennings Bryan, and Issues that Keep Revolving, Ed., R. M. Cornelius and Tom Davis. (Dayton: Bryan College, 2000), 152pp. Includes 14 photos, 2 editorial cartoons, 3 poems by John Washington Butler (author of the Tennessee anti-Darwinism law), a Scopes Trial chronology, and 13 articles by Edward J. Larson (1998 Pulitzer Prize author), Norman L. Geisler (President, Southern Evangelical Seminary), Stephen Jay Gould (Harvard University professor and spokesman for evolution), Randy Moore (Editor of The American Biology Teacher journal), Donald F. Paine (past president of the Tennessee Bar Association), Carol Iannone (Vice President of the National Association of Scholars), William Jennings Bryan (“The Last Message”: Scopes Trial summary), Wayne Haston (Director of Media Ministries for ABWE), Elmer Gertz (friend and associate of Clarence Darrow), Kurt P. Wise (Bryan College Director of the Center for Origins Research and Education), Melvin R. Wilhoit (Bryan College Music Department Chairman), and Richard Cornelius (Bryan College, Bryan/Scopes Liaison). Paperback, $10.00. (#117)
  3. Symposium on the 70th Anniversary of the Scopes Evolution Trial, 1995. Remarks by President William E. Brown of Bryan College; papers by Admiral James Best (U. S. Navy, retired) - “History of Dayton”; Robert G. Clouse (Prof. of History, Indiana State Univ.) - “Evangelicalism before and after the Scopes Trial”; John Eidsmoe (Prof. of Law, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner Univ.) - “The Trial of the Century”; Christopher P. Toumey (Anthropologist) - “Anthropological Reflections on Creationism since the Scopes Trial”; Kurt P. Wise (Assoc. Prof. of Science, Bryan College) - “Evolving Science.” Printed version, 37pp., $4.00. (#108) (Audio version, 2 1/2 hours, 3 CDs, $15.00.) (#109)

    For Further Research

  4. Faith, Form, and Time: What the Bible Teaches and Science Confirms about Creation and the Age of the Universe. By Kurt P. Wise. (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2002), 288pp. A clear, insightful, documented overview of the young-universe creationist position by a Harvard-educated paleontologist. Paperback, $16.50.

  5. Inherit the Truth (Dayton: Bryan College, 2007). Two-hour, award-winning DVD with 12-page, illustrated Study Guide. A film adaptation of the Scopes Festival Play The Scopes Trial by Gale Johnson. Based 95% on the Scopes Trial Transcript and filmed on location in the trial courthouse and environs. $22.00.(#19/135)
  6. The Man Who Put the Monkey on Dayton’s Back.” By Jack Scopes (grandson of John T. Scopes). Chattanooga Life & Leisure 5 (July, 1989): cover, 12-13 ff., $0.75. (#124)
  7. Monkey Business: The True Story of the Scopes Trial. By Marvin Olasky and John Perry. (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2005), viii+344 pp., 40 archival photos. An up-to-date, conservative overview of the trial and its recent aftermath, $27.50.
  8. “Politician of Principle: That ‘Great Commoner’ William Jennings Bryan,” Christian History Institute issue #119, 4pp., 7 illustrations, $0.25. (#115)
  9. A Righteous Cause: The Life of William Jennings Bryan. By Robert W. Cherny. Rev. ed. (Norman: U. of Oklahoma Press, 1994), 236 pp. A readable, insightful biography, $20.00.
  10. Selected Orations of William Jennings Bryan. 75th Anniversary Edition. A book with 6 orations, 7 historical introductions, 9 photos, and an address by Pulitzer Prize author Edward J. Larson. Contains Bryan’s “The Cross of Gold,” “The Value of an Ideal,” “Man,” “The Prince of Peace,” “Is the Bible True?” (excerpts), “The Last Message.” 135pp., $3.00. (#106)
  11. Souvenir reprint of July 23, 1925, issue of The Dayton Herald. 4pp., $1.00. (#125)
  12. Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. By Edward J. Larson (Cambridge: Harvard U. P., 1998), 328pp. Awarded the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for history, $19.00.
  13. Trial and Error: The American Controversy over Creation and Evolution. 3rd edition. By Edward J. Larson (New York: Oxford U.P., 2003), 284pp., $25.25 (#978019)
  14. “The Trial That Made Monkeys Out of the World.” By R. M. Cornelius. USA Today Magazine 119 (November, 1990): 88-90, $0.50. (#111)
  15. Twelve Days in Dayton: The Scopes Monkey Trial. By Kip Cole. (Chattanooga: WTCI TV45, 2001). 60 min. Award-winning PBS video. A balanced overview of the trial and its aftermath that contains archival film footage and interviews with such experts as Pulitzer Prize historian Edward J. Larson, $33.00.
  16. Understanding William Jennings Bryan and the Scopes Trial: A Study Guide. By R. M. Cornelius. 16pp., $2.00. (#112)
  17. “William Jennings Bryan: He Kept the Faith.” By R.M. Cornelius. Fundamentalist Journal 6 (June, 1987): 55-58. With excerpts from Bryan’s “The Prince of Peace,” $0.50. (#123)
  18. The World’s Most Famous Court Trial: Tennessee Evolution Case. Ed. William Hilleary and Oren Metzger. 1925. Reprinted with additions. Ed. Theodore C. Mercer. (Dayton: Bryan College, 1990). 442pp., including 6pp. photos. Contents: Complete stenographic, unofficial transcript of the trial; Bryan’s proposed but undelivered address to the court; court records covering the appeal; historical introduction; guide to trial information; analyses of Inherit the Wind; selected annotated bibliography of the trial, creation, and evolution; history of Bryan College, $30.00. (#113)
  19. You Be the Judge. Compiled and edited by Timothy C. and Janet M. Cruver (Dayton: Tennessee Laser, 2000), 384pp. Daily newspaper accounts of the Scopes Trial. Paperback, $17.50.

    For Further Enjoyment

  20. Limited edition color art print of six historic and current Bryan College buildings (Octagon, White Chapel, Mercer Hall Adm. Bldg., Latimer Student Center, Library, and Rudd Chapel entrance with background mountains) by Dayton, Tenn., artist Susan Cassidy Wilhoit. 24x 18 overall, $28.00.
  21. Limited edition color art print of the Rhea County Courthouse by Spring City, Tenn., artist Lonnie Eldridge. 21½ x 17½ in. overall, $10.00. (#132)
  22. Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial. A historical novel for young adults by Ronald Kidd (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006), 259pp., $17.50. (#97814) 
  23. Reaping the Whirlwind. By Rosey Dow. (Enumclaw, WA: WinePress Publishing, 2000), 400pp. A historical, mystery, romance novel set against the background of the Scopes Trial. Winner of the 2001 Christy Award for historical fiction. Paperback, $10.00.
  24. Ride to Glory: An American Novel. By Warren LeRoi Johns. (Brookeville, MD: General Title, 1999), 414pp. An imaginative presentation of the creation/evolution controversy with parallels to the Scopes Trial and extensive summaries of scientific arguments. Hardbound, $31.00.
  25. Souvenir Fan –on one side is a replica of a 1925 straw fan, and on the other side is a photo of the 1925 Scopes Trial Courthouse with the words “State of Tennessee vs. John T. Scopes, July 10-21, 1925.” $1.00. (#133)
  26. Souvenir postcard with color photo of Scopes Trial Courthouse, $0.25. (#107)
  27. Souvenir tote. A 13x15 in. black canvas conference tote with a red accent stripe and the following imprinted in white: Deconstructing Scopes: Unraveling the Mythology of the World's Most Famous Trial. "Bryan College, March 20-21, 2006, 80th Anniversary Celebration." Has an original sketch of the Scopes courthouse with the inscription: "Rhea County Courthouse: Site of the 1925 Scopes Trial." $7.00. (#134)