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History 578 Lecture # 9

History 578 Lecture # 9 - History 578 Lecture 9 I...

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History 578 Lecture # 9 I. Background of the trial A. In 1925, in Dayton TN, the ACLU approached John Scopes, a substitute chemistry teacher, and asked if he wouldn’t mind reading a section of the locally approved textbook that taught about evolution. B. Scopes agreed, and the whole show was set up. The ACLU called the police and they were waiting outside of the classroom when Scopes read the assigned passage. C. The whole point, obviously, was to create a sensation around the Tennessee law that made it illegal to teach evolution. D. This was just one act in a string of attempts by the ACLU to challenge religious conservatism. E. It was the liberals of the country that were convinced that the separation between liberalism and fundamentalism was less a product of doctrinal differences than of social forces. 1. Shailer Matthews, a liberal, said, “the differences between these two types of Christians are not so much religious as due to different degrees of sympathy with the social and cultural forces of the day.” 2. Fundamentalists continued to argue that the issue was the acceptance or rejection of unchanging truth. 3. Liberals believed that one’s perception of truth was ultimately determined by one’s cultural circumstances. F. The other central theme was of course the Rural world versus the Urban one 1. People of the small towns were considered backwards, half-educated yokels, crackpot hawkers of religion, fundamentalists. 2. They were of course represented by the great personification of the rural idealism, William Jennings Bryan. a. Bryan had run for president three times, almost successfully in 1896 as the Populist candidate. b. He was known as the “Great Orator” and a man of the people. c. He resigned as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson, when Wilson decided to go to war. d.
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