The Scopes Trial: The Battle over Teaching Evolution (Snapshots in History Series)

The Scopes Trial: The Battle over Teaching Evolution (Snapshots in History Series)

by Stephanie Fitzgerald
     
 

In the summer of 1925, the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, was home to a court case that many people called the trial of the century. The Scopes trial attracted worldwide attention as some of the best-known attorneys and politicians traveled to the South to fight for academic and religious freedoms. The trial's outcome would not only determine the guilt or

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In the summer of 1925, the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, was home to a court case that many people called the trial of the century. The Scopes trial attracted worldwide attention as some of the best-known attorneys and politicians traveled to the South to fight for academic and religious freedoms. The trial's outcome would not only determine the guilt or innocence of one man, it would serve as the opening to an evolution debate that continues to this day.

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Children's Literature - Pat Sherman
For three weeks in July 1925 the nation's attention was riveted on the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, where twenty-four-year-old John Scopes faced trial for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in defiance of state law. Drawing from court records, newspaper articles, memoirs, and other primary sources, Stephanie Fitzgerald re-creates all the excitement of those days. Her liberal use of quotes allows us to hear the voices of legal giants Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan as they debate one another in what would become one of the most important, and certainly entertaining, trials of the twentieth century. Bracketing the courtroom drama is an overview of Darwin's work and an examination of the trial's complicated and ongoing legacy. By now most middle-grade students are aware of the controversy surrounding evolution. They might be surprised, however, to learn how old that controversy really is. For more than one hundred years, evolution has been taught in public schools while efforts to ban it have persisted equally as long. Fitzgerald makes it clear that she herself supports the teaching evolution, which she sees as inextricably bound up with the right of free speech and the separation of church and state. Proponents of teaching intelligent design in the classroom will find little to buttress their arguments here. But those who adhere to Darwin will appreciate this bracing defense of his ideas. A time line, glossary, bibliography, and sources are included. Part of the "Snapshots in History" series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756520182
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Snapshots in History Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

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