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He was destined for a statue in a park, and was practicing the pose for it.

William Allen White on William McKinley

Published in The Autobiography of William Allen White (1946)

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July 10th 1925: Scopes Monkey Trial begins

On this day in 1925 the trial of John Scopes, who stood accused of teaching evolution and thus violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, began. The trial drew the attention of the nation, as to many it seemed as if Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution itself was on trial, especially its compatibility with religion (namely Christian Creationism). The most famous lawyers of the day argued the case, with former Democratic nominee for President William Jennings Bryan prosecuting and Clarence Darrow defending. Scopes was ultimately found guilty of teaching evolution, but was let free on a technicality. The trial was one of the most dramatic and famous in history and has since become synonymous with religious backlash against scientific progress.

Prose = words in their best order;—poetry = the best words in the best order.

I posted almost a month ago to report that I had two campus interviews. To my surprise, I got a job offer. If you asked me after the visits, which school would be more likely to contact me, it wouldn’t be the one that made the offer. I was truly surprised by the call, but beyond grateful.

I then spent a good amount of time trying to figure out how I’m going to get tenure. I kind of skipped the step where you celebrate, but I did feel some relief for a day or two. I spent part of this week trying to figure out what books I want to assign for the two classes I will be teaching in the fall, so I kind of feel like I’ve started already. I think it is difficult to transition from job market desperation to some form of security. Right now, I’m preparing to go to commencement in a month and spend three weeks in the archive. 

I’m probably still in shock.


Louis Kahn by Andreas Levers


Louis Kahn by Andreas Levers


Our own Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, will introduce President Carter tonight at the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas.

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library is hosting the summit on April 8, 9, and 10.

You can watch the panel discussions and keynote address live on their website:

The keynote speakers include President Barack Obama and three former Presidents: Jimmy Carter will speak on April 8; Bill Clinton will speak on April 9; and George W. Bush will speak on the evening of April 10.

Learn more about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in our new Google Cultural Institute exhibit, which includes videos, letters, telegrams, meeting minutes, and high resolution photos. 

Image: LBJ signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Serial Number: A1030-17a Date: 08/06/1965. Credit: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto.

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