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Unformatted text preview: Sy 1 Michelle Sy Professor Fried ENG 111 30 Nov. 2007 From Dull Journalism to Drama When John Scopes first opened Civic Biology (1914) by George Hunter, he was teaching a high school biology class the school’s required text. Scopes taught Hunter’s chapter on evolution and was trialed for not abiding by Tennessee’s anti-evolution act, which restricted anyone from teaching "any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible” (“Tennessee”). In a Dayton, Tennessee courtroom in July of 1925, an extremely controversial trial was held. This is known as “The Scopes Trial.” As Douglas Linder stated in “The Scopes Trial: An Introduction,” The guilt or innocence of John Scopes, and even the constitutionality of Tennessee’s anti-evolution statute, mattered little. The verdict of Scopes was not as important as the outcome of the trial, which would show “social and intellectual values,” (Linder) and help to determine restrictions and the fate of the...
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