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  • The Scopes ' Monkey ' Trial

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    unexplainable, it clashed with religion. Thus, in 1925, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial revealed the struggle of America’s culture between the forces of Traditionalism and Modernism. The mixture of religion and science caused one of the most famous debates in American history to occur because ideas were the main focus instead of an actual crime. The Scopes Trial opened the doors to the conflict between faith and science that made it the trial of the century.    Dayton is a small beautiful Southern town

  • The Scopes Trial Essay

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    Dayton, Tennessee only held 6,000 residents however it became a landmark after The Scopes Trials were held there. At the time of the trials, people flooded in from all around the country to witness what would be one of the most controversial court cases of the century. On April 24, 1925, John Thomas Scopes was charged with the teaching of evolution, which went against the Butler Act. The Butler Act made it illegal to teach any theory denying the divine creation of man in all of Tennessee’s public

  • Scopes Trial Essay

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    The twentieth century Scopes trial may have started out as a simple debate between evolutionists and creationists, but quickly escalated to a debate of historic proportions. The 1920s were times of change in the United States, from women getting the right to vote to prohibition to changes in education, such as the Butler Act, which created unease and animosity throughout the country. The Butler Act of 1925 prohibited the teaching of evolution and any other theories that deny the story of the divine

  • The Scopes Monkey Trial

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    the previously unexplainable, it has caused conflicts with religion. The Scopes “Monkey” Trial of Dayton, Tennessee was one of the most talked about trials in history because it was one of the first and most publicized times that this conflict occurred. The trial showed the schism between the faithful fundamentalists and the newly formed group of evolutionists. Although the jury was reminded that they only had to decide if Scopes had broken the law, the verdict was seen as much more than that. For one

  • Scopes Trial Analysis

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    The Scopes Trial is part of a series most commonly known as the trial of the century. In this series there are many trials which are looked as revolutionary and important part of history. But even though some trials may be big, they don’t make it into the trial of the century just because their concept and ideology isn’t a very controversial and doesn’t make you choose one side or the other. The Scopes Trial, also known as the “Monkey Trial,” didn’t have much do with the case itself but what it actually

  • Ted Davis's Scopes Trial

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    used in the 1920s to promote scientific reasoning (mainly evolution) and were written by some influential scholars and preachers of the time. He briefly discussed the Scopes Trial, which is probably the most famous example of science vs religion here in the US, and used it as a jumping off point for the history leading up to this trial. From here he began to discuss how World War I had put a negative connotation on evolution due to the social

  • Scopes Trial Case Study

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    1. An ethical dilemma occurs when two moral imperatives contradict one another. In the case of the Scopes Trial, for example, while the Bible stated that God created humans on the sixth day of creation, Darwinian evolution argued that humankind evolved through natural selection over a period of millions of years. This dilemma created a heated debate that impacted the entire country. Describe the circumstances and developments that allowed the dilemma to become an issue in Tennessee in 1925. (See

  • Scopes Trial In Inherit The Wind

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    Lee’s fictionalization of the Scopes Trial illustrates how the mid-twentieth century movement against intellectualism infringed upon the Constitutional rights of Americans. By manipulating details, Lee and Laurence distanced themselves from the repercussions they may have faced during the McCarthyism era. Furthermore, the addition of new characters and plot differences makes for a more entertaining play. The playwrights specifically avoid referencing the Scopes Trial by adding a vague setting to

  • Essay on Inherit the Wind (Scopes Trial)

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    written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee to inform its readers about the injustice of a law that limited the freedom of an ordinary citizen. This play is based upon actual events that happened to an individual, John Scopes, in Dayton, Tennessee during the 1920's. This famous "Monkey Trial" not only allowed people to begin to accept new theories about the origin of man, but also showed that they did not have to limit themselves in other areas of life. In the beginning of the play, the authors try

  • Outcome of The Scopes Monkey Trial Essay

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    The Scopes Trial, formally known as The State of Tennessee vs. Scopes but given the nickname “The Monkey Trial”, has been credited as starting the popular legal dispute between evolution and creationism in the court, and its impact in the 20’s was immeasurable. The interpretation of the case is just as popular, if not more, than the actual result of the case. The worldwide attention and media coverage the case received produced many opinions. Scholar’s opinions range from describing the case as