The Scopes Trial
©2002

The Scopes Trial

A Brief History with Documents

Jeffrey P. Moran (University of Kansas)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-24919-5; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-24919-9; Format: Paper Text, 240 pages

The Scopes trial shocked America. Tennessee schoolteacher John Scopes brought the question of teaching evolution in schools to every dinner table, and it remains an essential topic in any course on American History, the History of Education, and Religious History. This volume’s lively interpretative introduction provides an analysis of the trial and its impact on the moral fiber of the country and the educational system, and examines the race and gender issues that shook out of the debate. The editor has excerpted the crucial exchanges from the trial transcript itself, and includes these along with reactions to the trial, taken from newspaper reports, letters, and magazine articles. Telling political cartoons and evocative photographs add a colorful dimension to this collection, while a chronology of events, questions for consideration, and a bibliography provide strong pedagogical support.
"This collection includes some heretofore unpublished documents and analysis on Scopes. Jeffrey Moran’s use of newspapers brings out several points that I’ve never seen in print before, particularly regarding the role of women and African-Americans. His introduction is outstanding and is a superb model of its genre: comprehensive, well-organized, and — best of all — written in clear, declarative, jargon-free English. It will become the standard short interpretation of Scopes and antievolution."
Jonathan Zimmerman
New York University