Trying Biology Paperback

The Scopes Trial, Textbooks, and the Antievolution Movement in American Schools

by Adam R. Shapiro;

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Trying Biology

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Convincingly dispelling the conventional view of the 1925 Scopes "monkey" trial as simply a conflict between science and religion, Adam R Shapiro places the trial in its broader context - a crucial moment in the history of biology textbook publishing, education reform in Tennessee, and progressive school reform across the country - and in doing so sheds new light on the trial and the historical relationship of science and religion in America. For the first time we see how religious objections to evolution became a prevailing concern to the American textbook industry even before the Scopes trial began. Shapiro explores both the development of biology textbooks leading up to the trial and the ways in which the textbook industry created new books and presented them as "responses" to the trial. Today, the controversy continues over textbook warning labels, making Shapiro's study - particularly as it plays out in one of America's most famous trials-an original contribution to a timely discussion.

Trying Biology by Adam R. Shapiro was published by The University of Chicago Press in May 2015. The ISBN for Trying Biology is 9780226273440.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press (May 2015)
Number of Pages200
Thickness12 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4319945
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