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Trying BiologyThe Scopes Trial, Textbooks, and the Antievolution Movement in American Schools$
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Adam R. Shapiro

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226029450

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226029597.001.0001

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Biology Textbooks in an Era of Science and Religion

Biology Textbooks in an Era of Science and Religion

(p.135) Chapter Seven Biology Textbooks in an Era of Science and Religion
Trying Biology

Adam R. Shapiro

University of Chicago Press

This chapter argues that the physical traces of authorship and authorization not only gave some indication of how a textbook should be consumed by its intended audiences, but also gave an incomplete view of the parties involved in creating the text. Tennessee’s state label only indicated that the book was accepted by the state, and did not include the extent to which state standards, outside groups of readers, and the input of state adoption boards influenced the writing of the book. Numerous parties outside the New Civic Biology’s author and editors had unseen influences in the writing of the textbook. High school teachers had also made suggestions on how the book should be revised.

Keywords:   state standards, authorship, authorization, new civic biology, tennessee

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