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Epperson v. Arkansas

Significance, Further Readings


Susan Epperson


State of Arkansas

Appellant's Claim

Arkansas law stating one can not teach evolution is unconstitutional.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Eugene R. Warren

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Don Langston, Assistant Attorney General of Arkansas

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas (writing for the Court), John Marshall Harlan II, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

12 November 1968


The law against the teaching of evolution is unconstitutional.

Related Cases

  • Watson v. Jones, 13 Wall. 679 (1872).
  • Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1 (1947).
  • Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962).
  • Abington School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963).

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