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ASSIGNMENT: The Scopes trial is most commonly remembered as a dramatic clash between those who believed in evolution and those who believed that God created the world in seven days. However, the controversy surrounding the Scopes trial was, in fact, more complicated. How was the controversy surrounding the Scopes trial more complicated than a simple debate between evolutionists and creationists?



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According to Larson, newspapers ignored the "middle ground." Why might newspapers have painted the trial as a debate between fundamentalist (people who believe that the Bible is literally true) and agnostics (people who doubt the existence of a god)?

Who occupied the "middle ground," according to Larson? What did the "middle ground" believe?

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