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Trying Biology: The Scopes Trial, Textbooks, and the Antievolution Movement in American Schools

Adam R. Shapiro


This book dispels many conventional assumptions about the 1925 Scopes “monkey” trial. Most view it as an event driven primarily by a conflict between science and religion. Countering this, the author shows the importance of timing: the Scopes trial occurred at a crucial moment in the history of biology textbook publishing, education reform in Tennessee, and progressive school reform across the country. He places the trial in this broad context—alongside American Protestant antievolution sentiment—and in doing so sheds new light on the trial and the historical relationship of science and religi ... More

Keywords: scopes trial, education reform, tennessee, progressive school reform, science, religion, evolution, american textbook industry, textbook warning labels, american Protestantism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226029450
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226029597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam R. Shapiro, author