Scopes Trial Analysis

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With this book, Larson is successful in his attempts to show how the Scopes Trial was misconstrued throughout history, largely because of the way in which he captured the realities of the trial, but also in the way he set up the book. According to an in-class discussion, one of the most common misunderstandings of the Scopes Trial was the use of Scopes as an actual defendant. By this, a large majority recognized the teacher as the defendant yet fell under the common idea that he went against the state-approved curriculum and was, for that reason, put on trial. Larson clears up this misinterpretation by clearly showing that the defense singled him out as their best chance for winning this case when he uses Scopes’ own memory of the defense

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