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Monthly Archive: November 2007

Nov 02 2007

From Scopes to Dover-9: The Scopes trial begins

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) The 1925 Scopes trial in Dayton, Tennessee was brief, lasting just eight days, much of it involving legal wrangling over technicalities that took place with the jury out of the courtroom. There were only two occasions when Bryan and Darrow were able to make speeches and these …

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Nov 01 2007

From Scopes to Dover-8: Freedom of speech or science versus religion?

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) What is interesting about the 1925 Scopes ‘monkey trial’ case is that it was really fought on two levels, both of which have survived to this day. On the surface level, the legal arguments had little to do with the issue of inserting religion into the public …

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