Contending Voices Chapter Six

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Contending Voices Chapter Six Science, Religion, and “Cultural Wars” in the 1920s: William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow July 1925, John Scopes (24 year old high school science teachers) was on trial for violating law that prohibited the teaching of evolution in Tennessee’s public schools, trial went on for 7 days, Darrow won but Scopes was found guilty, legislation repealed in 1967—violation of 1 st amendment WJB = democratic presidential nominee in 1896, leader of anti-evolution movement WJB = “defender of the bible”, CD = prosecutor (most famous of his day) While Bryan spoke for an older, rural society dominated by traditional morals and ideas, Darrow represented a modern, urban society characterized by new beliefs, manners, and values. WJB = SUPER religious, democrat, thought people should govern themselves, mixed “politics with piety” and turned “numerous political causes into moral crusades” WJB held seat in congress for two terms, “The Cross of Gold” speech, opponent of America’s acquisition of overseas territories, ran for president three times and lost all to McKinley and Taft, started The Commoner— a paper whose mission was to “aid the common people in protection of their rights”, named Secretary of
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