Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion Topics for Discussion

Edward Larson
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How did the views of William Jennings Bryan differ from those of Clarence Darrow?

Discuss the relationship between fundamentalism and the anti-evolution crusade. How do these movements overlap?

Compare and contrast fundamentalist and modernist stances. How did each group feel about the evolution debate?

Why did the Scopes trial arise at the time that it did? What factors influenced this?

Compare and contrast the strategies of the prosecution and defense. Why did they choose the strategies that they did?

Discuss the changes in Dayton before and during the trial. Why do you think they wanted to have the trial there? Did what they were hoping for occur?

Why do you think Scopes agreed to challenge the Tennessee statute? Why was he an important choice for the person to challenge it?

What was the legacy of the trial? How did this change over time? What...

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