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The Scopes Trial

Author: Armstrong, Christopher; Wacker, Grant

Historians who know nothing else about American religion often know one thing for sure: in July of 1925 fundamentalists got their noses rubbed in the dirt at the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee. That building, of course, housed the famous Monkey Trial, the place where rural traditionalism met and finally bowed to the forces of urban secularism.

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Subjects: Law; History; Education Studies; American History; Christianity; Legal Trials; Fundamentalism; Evolution