Evolution on Trial: From the Scopes Monkey Case to Inherit the Wind

Evolution on Trial: From the Scopes Monkey Case to Inherit the Wind

by Kathiann M. Kowalski
     
 

The "Monkey" Trial and the movie it inspired! See more details below

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The "Monkey" Trial and the movie it inspired!

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Children's Literature - Phyllis J. Perry
Part of the series, "Famous Court Cases That Became Movies," Kowalski explores the controversial topic of evolution from the Scopes "monkey" trial itself, through the stage and film versions of Inherit the Wind, to the continuing debate around teaching evolution in America's public schools. The basis of the book and the movie is the 1925 Scopes case tried in Dayton, Tennessee, to determine whether John Scopes had committed a crime by teaching evolution to his high school students. The real life courtroom drama pitted Clarence Darrow against William Jennings Bryan, while the film version featured Spencer Tracy and Frederic March. Kowalski lays the background for the actual trial by considering the history of the science of evolution, beliefs about creation, Darwin's The Origin of Species, and the fundamentalist position. She discusses The Butler Act and the actions of various state legislatures and boards of education, as well as the role of the American Civil Liberties Union. Kowalski carefully points out the differences between the actual drama and the movie version. The complexity of the issues involved is fairly presented in this recommended and thoughtful examination of Evolution on Trial. Photographs, movie clips, and political cartoons illustrate the book, which also contains suggestions for further reading, a glossary, and index. Reviewer: Phyllis J. Perry

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766030565
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Series:
Famous Court Cases That Became Movies Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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