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An introduction to the John Scopes (Monkey) Trial. The early 1920s found social patterns in chaos.

An introduction to the John Scopes (Monkey) Trial

Traditionalists, the older Victorians, worried that everything valuable was ending. Younger modernists no longer asked whether society would approve of their behavior, only whether their behavior met the approval of their intellect. Intellectual experimentation flourished. Americans danced to the sound of the Jazz Age, showed their contempt for alcoholic prohibition, debated abstract art and Freudian theories.

In a response to the new social patterns set in motion by modernism, a wave of revivalism developed, becoming especially strong in the American South. Who would dominate American culture--the modernists or the traditionalists? William Jennings Bryan, three-time Democratic candidate for President and a populist, led a Fundamentalist crusade to banish Darwin's theory of evolution from American classrooms. The Scopes Trial had its origins in a conspiracy at Fred Robinson's drugstore in Dayton. Raulston's ruling angered Darrow.

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Was America a good place to live in the 1920s? The ‘Booming Twenties’ suggests a time of change, prosperity and excitement.

Was America a good place to live in the 1920s?

The flappers, motorcars and movie craze all conjure up exciting images of people having fun. Make sure you learn about these because for many young, urban Americans the 1920s was an amazing place to live. What you need to do is look at all aspects of American life – rural and urban, rich and poor, black and white – and reach a balanced conclusion of what life was like that considers the range of experiences. Let’s start off by watching a video to get an overview: What were the ‘Roaring Twenties’? When we did this in class you’ll remember that we looked at several ways in which the 20s were ‘roaring’. Cities Cities were growing quickly. Leisure Time Radio One of the most popular items that Americans bought (often on cheap credit) was a radio set.

Jazz Jazz clubs sprang up in all the major cities. Cinema. GCSE Bitesize: Was America a country of religious and racial intolerance during this period? Religious fundamentalists. Scopes Monkey Trial - BrainPOP. 20101004mocktrial. Timeline: Remembering the Scopes Monkey Trial. Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tenn., as it appeared in 1925 at the time of the Scopes trial.

Timeline: Remembering the Scopes Monkey Trial

Bryan College Archives hide caption toggle caption Bryan College Archives A famous orator, William Jennings Bryan was 65 when he joined the prosecution team in the Scopes trial. Bryan was a a leading fundamentalist, traveling widely to warn against "the menace of Darwinism. " Bryan College Archives hide caption Clarence Darrow was 68 when he agreed to act as John Scopes' defense attorney. American Experience. People & Events: The Trial as Folk Event Science and religion clashed at the Scopes trial and few would argue the importance of that great debate.

American Experience

But the trial also made history in the annals of American folklore. It inspired a unique mythology that reverberates to this day. Eloise Reed was 14 years old when the "monkey trial" came to her hometown of Dayton, Tennessee. Her parents wouldn't allow her inside the courtroom, but there was plenty to see outside. Reed remembers a chimpanzee named Joe Mendi who sat in the drugstore and sipped a coke. The monkey trial also inspired music -- humorous songs like "You Can't Make a Monkey Out of Me," "Monkey Business Down in Tennessee" and serious folk songs. Then to Dayton came a man With his ideas new and grand And they said we came from monkeys long ago.

H. American Experience. March 21: Tennessee governor Austin Peay signs into law the Butler bill, outlawing the teaching of "any theory that denies the divine creation of man and teaches instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.

American Experience

" May 4: Newspapers throughout Tennessee carry a small notice from the ACLU offering to pay court costs for any Tennessee teacher willing to test the anti-evolution law in the courts. May 5: At a meeting in Robinson's drugstore in Dayton, Tennessee, science teacher John Scopes agrees to become the ACLU's defendant in a trial testing the Tennessee anti-evolution law. May 13: Though he hasn't practiced law for 30 years, William Jennings Bryan agrees to represent the World's Christian Fundamentals Organization as special prosecutor at the Scopes trial.

Evolution: Online Lessons for Students: Activity 2- Activity Title.

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Historical Thinking Matters: Scopes Trial.