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Going ape : Florida's battles over evolution in the classroom

Author: Brandon Haught
Publisher: Gainesville, FL : University Press of Florida, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book, Haught chronicles the war over teaching evolution in Florida's schools, from the first shouts of religious persecution and child endangerment in Tallahassee in 1923 to the forced delays and extra public hearings in state-level textbook adoptions today.
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Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Brandon Haught
ISBN: 9780813049434 0813049431
OCLC Number: 857740664
Description: xii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
"Between the Devil and the deep blue sea" --
"Un-American, atheistic, subversive, and communistic" --
"A spirit of compromise and conciliation" --
"A history of hoaxes, deception, and deceit" --
"A conspiracy to destroy the faith of children" --
"It was historic, wasn't it?" --
"One of the primal evils in our country" --
"There are razor blades in that apple" --
"I want God to be part of this" --
"Who gets to decide what is science?" --
"Standing up for the little guy" --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Brandon Haught.

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