On this day in academic history...The Scopes Monkey Trial

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On this day in academic history...  

98 years ago today, the nation was gripped by the landmark court case history would remember as the “Scopes Monkey Trial.” The case pertained to the prosecution of John Scopes, a young science teacher in Tennessee who had taught evolution–a subject which had recently been deemed unlawful to broach– to his students.

Nearly a century after the dust from the case settled, the issues surrounding it such as separation of church and state, hegemonic forces dictating the parameters of education, and the pitfalls of engaging with media spectacle all continue to polarize modern society. The best protections against these recurring issues were–and remain to be–the temperance to resist sensationalization, which often obscures and muddies facts, and the drive to educate oneself.

We’d like to help there –  at your leisure, check out our Bedford Series book on the Scopes Monkey Trial to learn more!

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