Navigation Links
Educational historian looks at origins of the culture wars


In 1925, Tennessee passed the Butler Act, prohibiting the teaching of evolution in place of the Bible's account. Teacher John Scopes agreed to challenge the law by violating it in the classroom. The so-called "monkey trial" drew a firestorm of publicity and featured two leading orators William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow on opposite sides.

Scopes was convicted and the anti-evolution movement sought similar laws in other states. But fundamentalists lost the battle for public opinion. Darrow's questioning of Bryan's biblical views on the witness stand helped the media and evolutionists portray fundamentalists in stereotypical terms, such as barbarians, bigots and ignoramuses, that resonated across the nation.

The trial and its aftermath proved to be "a shock to the fundamentalist system," Laats said. Fundamentalists were especially stunned that they were not seen as having the moral high ground of the debate.

In the wake of the trial, the fundamentalist movement became a smaller group that cared little about what mainstream America said. In fact, Laats said, fundamentalists embraced the fact that they would not win over the opposition.

"If they wanted to have control over education, they had to start their own subcultural institutions," he said.

Fundamentalists did just that by founding Bob Jones University, becoming active at schools such as Wheaton College in Illinois and forming Bible schools and radio stations across the country.

"It's that environment," Laats said, "that nurtured people like Billy Graham, who re-emerged in the 1940s and 1950s and said, 'We hold our beliefs, but we need to re-engage with mainstream America.'"

Bob Jones University became instrumental in the rise of Christian day schools and home schooling when it started a series of textbooks in 1973 written from a Bible-based perspective.

These influential books brought the work of 1920s-era fundamentali

Contact: Gail Glover
Binghamton University

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Insects and sex: Educational help from the museum
2. Montana State University historian wins prize for book on Montana, Utah copper mines
3. Environmental historian now tackles industrial disease in Japan
4. FSU Historians Arctic research has him sitting on top of the world
5. City of Winter Park Looks to DigitalPersona Software for Stronger Security and CJIS Compliance
6. It looks, feels and tastes like chicken, but its made of soy
7. Researcher looks for answers about unique disease-resistant gene
8. Pitt research suggests EPA pesticide exposure test too short, overlooks long term effects
9. Potato blight plight looks promising for food security
10. Red List overlooks island species
11. Our brain looks at eyes first to identify a face
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Educational historian looks at origins of the culture wars
(Date:9/28/2015)... SAN FRANCISCO , September 28, 2015 ... size is expected to reach USD 12.03 billion by ... to 2020. Technological advancements such as Backside Illumination (BSI) ... revenue growth over the forecast period.      ... the back of the chip to reduce loss and, ...
(Date:9/24/2015)... , Sept. 24, 2015  EyeLock LLC, a market ... its award winning and latest technology in Booth #602 ... California . EyeLock,s iris authentication technology ... unmatched biometric accuracy, making it the most proven way ... uses video technology to deliver a fast and friendly ...
(Date:9/10/2015)... Sept. 10, 2015 Report Details ... quite delivered upon previous expectations of revenues, consumer adoption ... breakthrough year in which wearables begin to achieve that ... of the main reasons is the entrance of Apple ... the SmartWatches market, but the overall size of the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
... Mo. For years, researchers have known that high ... blood pressure causes blood vessels to relax. Until recently, ... the exact proteins responsible for this phenomenon. Now, using ... resolution - and isolating blood vessels outside the body, ...
... stress by producing significant amounts of a chemical form ... at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), opens ... plants and their impacts on air quality, and it ... warning signal about crops that are failing. "Unlike ...
... may be no such thing as a ,safe, tan based ... published in the October issue of Pigment Cell & ... of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS) and the Society for Melanoma ... leading researchers in the fields of cell biology, dermatology and ...
Cached Biology News:
(Date:10/8/2015)... - RepliCel Life Sciences Inc. (OTCQB: REPCF) (TSX.V: RP), a ... of autologous cell therapies, today announced its schedule of upcoming ... the month of October: Stem Cell Meeting ... be presenting at the annual Partnering Forum, part of ... held October 7-9 in La Jolla, California ...
(Date:10/8/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 08, 2015 , ... Talon Innovations, ... Device, Aerospace and other technology-driven industries, announces that it is one of three finalists ... – Midsize Company.” On Thursday, September 25 Talon Innovations was recognized as a ...
(Date:10/7/2015)... October 8, 2015 ... biotechnology accounts for largest bioinformatics market share ... drug discovery and development process says this ... . --> ... basis of applications, the bioinformatics market is ...
(Date:10/7/2015)... ... 07, 2015 , ... The Riordan-McKenna Institute ( ) ... on the latest advances in adult stem cell therapy for orthopedic conditions and ... the Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square in Southlake, Texas. , RMI offers non-surgical stem ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
... PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 22 Telik, Inc.,(Nasdaq: ... call and,webcast will be held on Wednesday, November 5, ... following the release earlier that day of the,company,s financial ... The conference call will be accessible via Telik,s ...
... SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22 Dynamic Alert Limited,(OTC ... biotechnology,leader specializing in the commercialization of medical cannabis-based,pharmaceutical ... it has,signed an agreement to acquire all of ... operated by Medical Cannabis pioneer and political,activist Steven ...
... continues to build for the company,s key technologies, ... Inc.,(OTC Bulletin Board: DSCI), a company specializing in ... focusing on its new,technologies have been accepted and ... Advances in Skin & Wound Care in Las ...
Cached Biology Technology:
Rabbit polyclonal to SMURF 2 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). Antigen: A KLH conjugated synthetic peptide (10-30 aa in length) at the N-term of first 50 aa of human SMURF 2. Entrez G...
... low background ,This solution greatly enhances antigen-antibody ... than obtained with conventional methods. ,Two kinds ... secondary antibodies, which can suppress the background ... Wide versatility ,It is applicable to various ...
Chicken Anti-Human Stomatin-like 2 (STOML2 Polyclonal AntibodyNew Applications: ELISA, Western Blot...
Anti-Chicken IgY, (IgG) F(ab')2 Fragment Specific....
Biology Products: