Title: Moccasin Bend and Tennessee River, viewed from Lookout Mountain Road, July 16, 1925
Catalog Number: 2017.014.0001
Date (Years): 1925
Photograph taken from a rise that shows the tops of trees, a wide river, and a wide open piece of land with cleared farmland and trees. In the far distance to the upper right are tall smokestacks and factories. The river is the Tennessee River and the land is Moccasin Bend, with Chattanooga in the far distance. Written in the margins is “Tennessee River- Chattanooga (with an arrow pointing to the smokestacks) near Dayton, Tenn Monkeytown View from- Look-out- Mountain- Road -7-16-1935”
Monkeytown reference: The Scopes Trial, formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was an American legal case in July 1925 in which a substitute high school teacher, John T. Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school. The trial was deliberately staged in order to attract publicity to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, where it was held. Scopes was unsure whether he had ever actually taught some evolution, but he purposely incriminated himself so that the case could have a defendant.
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