How was the Scopes trial more complicated than a simple debate between evolutionists and creationists? (Read each source below, then answer the questions in the notebook. Ask your teacher for an inquiry organizer worksheet to help you think about the ways that the sources support and contradict each other.)


READ: Dallas News Cartoon

Head Note: Newspapers all over the country covered the Scopes trial in the tiny town of Dayton, giving the people of this small town a degree of publicity that would have otherwise been unimaginable.

Source: John Knott, "Playing for all it's worth," Dallas News (July 8, 1925).

USE THE NOTEBOOK (instructions):

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Sourcing: Consider a document's attribution (both its author and how the document came into being).

Why might a cartoonist from a big city newspaper in Dallas, Texas, be making fun of Dayton, Tennessee?

Close Reading: Read carefully to consider what a source says and the language used to say it.

Who is playing the music? What is the cartoonist saying about why Dayton is hosting the trial?

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