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God--or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age

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Overview

God—or Gorilla explores how biologists worked to explain evolution to a confused and conflicted public during the 1920s. Both scientists and anti-evolutionists deployed schematics, cartoons, photographs, sculptures, and paintings to win the battle for public acceptance of their ideas. Focusing on the use of images and popular media accounts of the struggle, Constance Areson Clark reveals how concepts of evolutionary theory changed as they were presented to, and absorbed into, popular culture.

"Clark's investigation of the images of evolution in the 1920s is a wonderful window into the place of science in the United States and how the cultural concerns of an era can shape scientific activity."— American Historical Review

"Engagingly written, well illustrated, and refreshingly free of the theory-driven jargon that often diverts attention from the task at hand, God—or Gorilla is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the Scopes trial, the continuing controversy over the teaching of evolution, and the role of expertise in American society."— Journal of American History

"This highly readable book is valuable as it stands. It is also timely. The 1920s shaped pictures of evolution, and of evolutionary debate, that are still in our heads. As biologists work with illustrators to communicate science, and creationists attack textbook icons, it is helpful to reflect on the struggles of that decisive decade."— Nature

Johns Hopkins University Press

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A shining example of interdisciplinary American Studies at its very best.
Nature - Nick Hopwood
This highly readable book is valuable as it stands. It is also timely. The 1920s shaped pictures of evolution, and of evolutionary debate, that are still in our heads. As biologists work with illustrators to communicate science, and creationists attack textbook icons, it is helpful to reflect on the struggles of that decisive decade.
Journal of American History - George E. Webb
Engagingly written, well illustrated, and refreshingly free of the theory-driven jargon that often diverts attention from the task at hand, God—or Gorilla is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the Scopes trial, the continuing controversy over the teaching of evolution, and the role of expertise in American society.
Choice

A shining example of interdisciplinary American Studies at its very best.

American Historical Review - Charles A. Israel
Clark's investigation of the images of evolution in the 1920s is a wonderful window into the place of science in the United States and how the cultural concerns of an era can shape scientific activity.
American Paleontologist - Warren D. Allmon
Perceptive and enjoyable book.
Journal of American Studies - Robin Vandome
Significant contribution[s] to this broad interdisciplinary area, illuminating the ways in which ideas about organic evolution were contested, and charting the processes by which eugenics acquired an established place in American political and social life.
Isis - A. Bowdoin Van Riper
The value of this book, which is considerable, lies in its careful depiction of the scientific and cultural landscape within which the 'evolution wars' of the 1920s took place.
British Journal for the History of Science
Clark's choice of the 1920s is perfectly suited for her brilliant study of evolutionary imagery, for the decade saw significant social, economic and political changes along with growing tensions over the question of where humans came from.
Annals of Science - Matthew R. Goodrum
Clark's study offers a novel perspective of the history of human evolutionary research and popular culture and is a valuable contribution to scholarship in this area.
Evolution & Development - Rudolf A. Raff
A refreshing picture of the origins of the evolution–creation dispute, and in it we can see the germ of the outlooks and arguments that largely still motivate creationism today.
American Ethnologist - Jonathan Marks
An exceedingly interesting contribution to the history of anthropology.
History: Reviews of New Books - J. David Hoeveler
Clark's study has additional significance as a contribution to intellectual history. Readers will find familiar themes of evolution—natural selection, chance and design, and missing links—and the book shows the fate of these issues when they entered the public arena.
British Journal for the History of Science

Clark's choice of the 1920s is perfectly suited for her brilliant study of evolutionary imagery, for the decade saw significant social, economic and political changes along with growing tensions over the question of where humans came from.

Nature

This highly readable book is valuable as it stands. It is also timely.

— Nick Hopwood

Journal of American History

Engagingly written, well illustrated, and refreshingly free of the theory-driven jargon that often diverts attention from the task at hand, God -- or Gorilla is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the Scopes trial, the continuing controversy over the teaching of evolution, and the role of expertise in American society.

— George E. Webb

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Meet the Author

Constance Areson Clark is an associate professor of history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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