The Scopes trial was not the only time that the origins of Earth and humanity were debated in court. In 1981, Arkansas passed a law requiring public schools to give "balanced treatment" of creationism and evolution. Read an essay about the federal court trial there by a former newspaper reporter who covered it.
Click to see the full size image. The Sacco and Vanzetti: Justice on Trial exhibit on the trial of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti and its aftermath ...
This exhibit is designed to aid the understanding of this crucial episode in American history, and the importance of our striving always to be, in the enduring and inspiring words of the Massachusetts Constitution, "a government of laws and not of men."
Massachusetts hasn’t executed anyone since 1947, and the state’s highest court essentially banned capital punishment in 1984.
Two anarchists ( see anarchism ), Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were convicted of a robbery and two murders in Massachusetts in the early 1920s and sentenced to death. Sacco and Vanzetti were born in Italy but had been living in the United States for years when they were tried. Several faulty procedures took place in the trial. Many people have thought that Sacco and Vanzetti were convicted because of their political views and not because of the evidence against them. Their supporters obtained several delays of their execution, but a special committee appointed by the governor of Massachusetts upheld the original jury's verdict, and they were put to death in 1927. Liberals and radicals all over the world were outraged by the execution.