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Summer for the gods : the Scopes trial and America's continuing debate over science and religion

Author: Edward J Larson
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©1997.
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"With this authoritative and engaging book, Edward J. Larson examines the many facets of the Scopes trial and shows how its enduring legacy has crossed religious, cultural, educational, and political lines." "The "Monkey Trial," as it was playfully nicknamed, was instigated by the American Civil Liberties Union to challenge a controversial Tennessee law banning the teaching of human evolution in public schools. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Trials, litigation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Larson, Edward J. (Edward John).
Summer for the gods.
New York : Basic Books, ©1997
(DLC) 97009648
Named Person: John Thomas Scopes; John Thomas Scopes; John Thomas Scopes
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward J Larson
ISBN: 0465075096 9780465075096
OCLC Number: 298105044
Description: 1 online resource (x, 330 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: Edward J. Larson.

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"With this authoritative and engaging book, Edward J. Larson examines the many facets of the Scopes trial and shows how its enduring legacy has crossed religious, cultural, educational, and political lines." "The "Monkey Trial," as it was playfully nicknamed, was instigated by the American Civil Liberties Union to challenge a controversial Tennessee law banning the teaching of human evolution in public schools. The Tennessee statute represented the first major victory for an intense national campaign against Darwinism, launched in the 1920s by Protestant fundamentalists and led by the famed politician and orator William Jennings Bryan. At the behest of the ACLU, a teacher named John Scopes agreed to challenge the statute, and what resulted was a trial of mythic proportions. Bryan joined the prosecutors and acclaimed criminal attorney Clarence Darrow led the defense - a dramatic legal matchup that spurred enormous media attention and later inspired the classic play Inherit the Wind." "The Scopes trial marked a watershed in our national discussion of science and religion. In addition to symbolizing the clash between evolutionists and creationists, the trial helped shape the development of both popular religion and constitutional law in America, serving as a precedent for more recent legal and political battles."--Jacket.

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