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

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In the summer of 1925, the sleepy hamlet of Dayton, Tennessee, became the unlikely setting of one of our century's most contentious dramas: the Scopes trial and the debate over science, religion, and their place in public education. This "trial of the century" not only cast Dayton into the national spotlight, it epitomized America's ongoing struggle between individual liberty and majoritarian democracy.Now, 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. With new archival material from both the prosecution and the defense, paired with Larson's keen historical and legal analysis, Summer for the Gods is poised to become a new classic on a pivotal milestone in American history.
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display_description The Pulitzer Prize-winning book that is quite simply the best book ever written on the Scopes Trial and its place in American history and myth.In the summer of 1925, the sleepy hamlet of Dayton, Tennessee, became the setting for one of the twentieth century's most contentious dramas: the Scopes trial that pitted William Jennings Bryan and the anti-Darwinists against a teacher named John Scopes in a famous debate over science, religion, and their place in public education. That trial marked the start of a battle that continues to this day-in Kansas; Dover, Pennsylvania; Cobb County, Georgia; and many other cities and states throughout the country.Edward Larson's classic, Summer for the Gods, received the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1998 and is the single most authoritative account of a pivotal event whose combatants remain at odds in school districts and courtrooms. For this edition, Larson has added a new preface that assesses the state of the battle between creationism and evolution and points the way to how it might potentially be resolved.
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subject_facet Bryan, William Jennings, -- 1860-1925, Darrow, Clarence, -- 1857-1938, Education, Evolution (Biology) -- Study and teaching -- Law and legislation -- United States, Religion and science -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Scopes, John Thomas -- Trials, litigation, etc
title_display Summer for the gods : the Scopes trial and America's continuing debate over science and religion
title_full Summer for the gods : the Scopes trial and America's continuing debate over science and religion / Edward J. Larson, Summer for the gods : the scopes trial and America's continuing debate over science and religion [electronic resource] / Edward J. Larson
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