TIL the famous “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925 was deliberately conceived as a publicity stunt for the town of Dayton, Tennessee. Residents of the town held a protest and threatened to boycott Chattanooga when the trial was initially to be moved there.

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  1. > Local leaders in Dayton, Tennessee, saw their chance: If they could find a teacher who would teach evolution in class, they could host the trial, which was bound to be a national event. The superintendent of the school board, a local store owner, and two local lawyers searched for a teacher who’d help out — eventually finding John Scopes, after the school’s regular science teacher turned them down.
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    > Scopes, who regularly taught math and physics, read a chapter of the Tennessee state science textbook, which described evolution (though later on, even Scopes said he wasn’t sure how much he’d really taught). He was promptly arrested on May 9, 1925, and the media circus began.
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    > Dayton fought doggedly to keep the trial within its city limits. When Chattanooga tried to take the trial away from Dayton, it set off a panic. As the New York Times reported on May 20, 1925, Dayton citizens actually held a protest and threatened to boycott Chattanooga.
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    > Eventually Dayton was allowed to host the trial, and the little town of 2,500 prepared to put on a show.

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