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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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What facts do Olasky and Perry use to back their argument? What part of their argument is supported by opinion?
What are the connections Olasky and Perry make between 1925 and today? Do you agree with them?
What other reasons might the press have had to paint a simple, two-sided picture of the debates? Consider the cartoon and the Larson sources.