If you haven't seen the film version of Inherit the Wind, you might have read it in high school.
And even people who have never heard of either the movie or the play probably know something about the events that inspired them: The 1925 Scopes "monkey trial," during which Darwin's theory of evolution was essentially put on trial before the nation.
Inherit the Wind paints a romantic picture of John Scopes as a principled biology teacher driven to present scientific theory to his students, even in the teeth of a Tennessee state law prohibiting the teaching of anything other than creationism.
The truth, it turns out, was something quite different.
In his fascinating history of the Scopes trial, Summer for the Gods, Edward J.
Larson makes it abundantly clear that Truth and the Purity of Science had very little to do with the Scopes case.
Tennessee had passed a law prohibiting the teaching of evolution, and the American Civil Liberties Union responded by advertising statewide for a high-school teacher willing to defy the law.
For more information about the title Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial And America's Continuing Debate over Science And Religion, read the full description at Amazon.com, or see the following related books:
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