THE SCOPES TRIAL by Arthur Blake


Defending the Right to Teach
Age Range: 9 - 11
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 Part of the Spotlight on American History series, The Scopes Trial is a clear, if lackluster, account of the events leading up to, and the historical significance of, the 1925 Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tenn. When 24-year-old John Scopes, football coach and math teacher at the Rhea County Central High School, substituted for the regular science teacher at the end of a term, he had no idea he was about to make history. But because Scopes taught theories of evolution--theories that were flatly denied by Christian fundamentalists--in his classroom, he had broken a state law and had to stand trial. Readers unfamiliar with the event will find this a thorough, though not especially compelling, treatment of the subject. Aided by fine, period-appropriate sepia-tone photographs. Bibliography; chronology; index. (Nonfiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: Aug. 30th, 1994
ISBN: 1-56294-407-X
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Millbrook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1994