The Scopes Trial was a court case that stirred up conflict between science and religion in Americans everywhere. The trial represented a struggle for truth and freedom against repression and ignorance.
Newspaper ads were created to advertise the case. It drew the attention of many due to the carnival atmosphere surrounding the trial as well as the prestigious lawyers that partipated. The trial was also popularized by the play Inherit the Wind.
The trial represented a conflict between not only science and religion, but also between individual liberty and majority rule.
Bryan, often pictured as a "Bible-thumping buffoon," had a more complex position than how he was portrayed in the media. His actual position was that Social Dawinsim defended laissez-faire capitalism, also saying that a perfectly free market promotes "survival of the fittest."