Definition of John thomas scopes
1. Noun. Tennessee highschool teacher who violated a state law by teaching evolution; in a highly publicized trial in 1925 he was prosecuted by William Jennings Bryan and defended by Clarence Darrow (1900-1970).
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1. East of Cleveland by Richard Cartwright Austin (2004)
"... by securing the conviction of john thomas scopes for violating a Tennessee law that prohibited the teaching of evolution in public schools. ..."