Fundamentalism and Education in the Scopes Era

God, Darwin, and the Roots of America’s Culture Wars

  • Authors
  • Adam Laats

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-7
  3. Fundamentalism and Fundamentalists

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      Pages 9-9
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      Pages 11-21
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      Pages 23-40
  4. God and School

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
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      Pages 43-60
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      Pages 61-75
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      Pages 77-95
  5. Monkeys and Modernism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
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      Pages 99-120
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      Pages 121-138
  6. Fundamentalism Transformed

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
  7. Conclusion

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      Pages 189-192
  8. Epilogue

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      Pages 193-199
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 201-258

About this book


This book takes a new look at one of the most contentious periods in American history. The battles over schools that surrounded the famous Scopes "monkey" trial in 1925 were about much more than evolution. Fundamentalists fought to maintain cultural control of education. As this book reveals for the first time, the successes and the failures of these fundamentalist campaigns transformed both the fundamentalist movement and the nature of education in America. In turn, those transformations determined many of the positions of the "culture wars" that raged throughout the twentieth century.


America Charles Darwin culture education god modernism

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2010
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-38507-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-10679-6
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