The Scopes Monkey Trial: Debate over Evolution

The Scopes Monkey Trial: Debate over Evolution

by Samuel Willard Crompton


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In the summer of 1925, 24-year-old high school teacher John Scopes became the centerpiece in a trial that pitted two of the finest legal minds of the time against one another, prosecutor William Jennings Bryan and defense attorney Clarence Darrow. At issue was the Butler Act, which made it unlawful for state-funded schools in Tennessee to teach "any theory that denies the Story of Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible." Scopes was accused of breaking this law by teaching evolution, which theorizes that humans and apes share a common lineage. This case, which was the first to be broadcast via radio and covered in scathing dispatches for the Baltimore Evening Sun by journalist H. L. Mencken, was a critical turning point in the creation vs. evolution controversy that continues today. The Scopes Monkey Trial is a detailed account about "the trial of the century," a pivotal court case that took on the debate over the origin of mankind.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604136791
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Milestones in American History Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

1 The Power of Three 1

2 From Darwin to Dayton 5

3 The Forces Gather 16

4 Judge and Jury 29

5 The Heat Sets In 38

6 Six Thousand or Six Hundred Million 49

7 The Greatest Speech 60

8 Out on the Lawn 71

9 From Dayton to Hollywood 84

10 Science Marches On 95

Chronology 103

Notes 107

Bibliography 109

Further Reading 110

Index 112

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