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The evolution controversy in America

Author: George Ernest Webb
Publisher: Lexington, KY : University Press of Kentucky, ©1994.
Series: JSTOR EBA.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For well over a century, the United States has witnessed a prolonged debate over organic evolution and teaching of the theory in the nation's public schools. The controversy that began with the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species had by the 1920's expanded to include theologians, politicians, and educators. The Scopes trial of 1925 provided the growing antievolution movement with significant publicity and led  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Webb, George Ernest.
Evolution controversy in America.
Lexington, KY : University Press of Kentucky, ©1994
(DLC) 93045410
(OCoLC)29548989
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George Ernest Webb
OCLC Number: 624515132
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 297 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Origins --
Toward the new century --
Gathering at the river --
The Scopes trial and beyond --
Decline and revival --
The passing of the old order --
New directions --
A remedy to a bad act --
The creationist challenge --
Somewhere in Heaven John Scopes is smiling.
Series Title: JSTOR EBA.
Responsibility: George E. Webb.

Abstract:

For well over a century, the United States has witnessed a prolonged debate over organic evolution and teaching of the theory in the nation's public schools. The controversy that began with the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species had by the 1920's expanded to include theologians, politicians, and educators. The Scopes trial of 1925 provided the growing antievolution movement with significant publicity and led to a decline in the teaching of evolution in public schools. George E. Webb details how efforts to improve science education in the wake of Sputnik resurrected antievolution sentiment and led to the emergence of "creation science" as the most recent expression of that sentiment. Creationists continue to demand "balanced treatment" of theories of creation and evolution in public schools, even though their efforts have been declared unconstitutional in a series of federal court cases. Their battles have been much more successful at the grassroots level, garnering support from local politicians and educators. Webb attributes the success of creationists primarily to the lack of scientific literacy among the American public. Although a number of published studies have dealt with specific aspects of the debate, The Evolution Controversy in America represents the first complete historical survey of the topic. In it Webb provides an analysis of one of the most intriguing debates in the history of American thought.

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