The 1925 Scopes Trial

Examine two accounts of the 1925 Scopes Trial. This trial of Tennessee biology teacher John Scopes for teaching evolution in the classroom brought national attention to the growing tension between modernity and religion in this country. First, read the two accounts by reporters Marcel Haldeman-Julius and H.L. Mencken linked above. Then respond to the following questions.
1. How do these two accounts, widely published nationally, frame the debate around the Scopes Trial?
2. What degree of bias, if any, do you discern in these accounts and what does that say about their intended audiences?
3. Given that many elements of this debate still remain active, can religion and science peacefully co-exist?
Your response to these questions should be around 1-2 pages, double spaced. When you are finished, please attach a copy in the Dropbox labeled Assignment 4. This assignment will be due before class on Wednesday March 1. Be prepared to discuss these questions in class as well. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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