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Evolution on Trial

From the Scopes "Monkey" Case to Inherit the Wind

Series: Famous Court Cases That Became Movies

By Kathiann M. Kowalski

In July 1925, a historic trial took place in Dayton, Tennessee, when John Scopes, a high school teacher, was charged with teaching the theory of evolution to his biology class in defiance of state law. Almost a hundred years later, the issue of evolution and education is still being debated. Author Kathiann M. Kowalski explores the case and looks at the famous film made about it, INHERIT THE WIND.

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Reviews

"This series provides detailed accounts of the court cases in question . . ."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2009

"The complexity of the issues involved is fairly presented in this recommended and thoughtful examination . . ."

Children's Literature

"Books about notable court cases are nothing new, but the inclusion of movies inspired by them is an alluring twist. These authors explain complex issues in an easy-to-follow manner . . . Sources are well-documented, making this series a promising staple for reports."

School Library Journal, April 2009

"The author compares the real-life trial to the movie in step-by-step analysis sharing how the movie made an impression, but did skew the public's understanding of the trial itself . . . This is a book that would be an excellent supplement to any study on evolution and/or Inherit the Wind."

Library Media Connection, May/June 2009

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