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The Scopes Trial

The Scopes Trial

by Don Nardo

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-9This series entry presents the "trial of the century" in a readable format with interesting archival photographs and useful sidebars. Beginning with an introduction to Charles Darwin, his theory of evolution, and events leading up to the trial, the bulk of this book details the conflict between prosecutor William Jennings Bryan and defense attorney Clarence Darrow. However, Nardo's account is clearly biased against Bryan and Christian fundamentalists and portrays Darrow as a craggy old truth-seeking saint la Spencer Tracy. The courtroom sequences read as if based more on Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's famous drama Inherit the Wind than on the "actual court transcripts." Praising the 1955 play in his notes, Nardo writes that the authors "retained the essence of the proceeding, including close paraphrases of many of the lines from the actual court transcripts." However, Lawrence and Lee claim that only a "handful of phrases have been taken from the actual transcript." Who do we believe, and what does this tell us about Nardo's research? If you've already got Tom McGowen's The Great Monkey Trial (Watts, 1990; o.p.) or L. Sprague DeCamp's Great Monkey Trial (Doubleday, 1968; o.p.), you don't need this volume.Herman Sutter, St. Pius X High School, Houston, TX

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Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date:
Famous Trials Series
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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