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Ringside 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial

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The year is 1925, and the students of Dayton, Tennessee, are ready for a summer of fishing, swimming, some working, and drinking root beer floats at Robinsons Drugstore. But when their science teacher, J. T. Scopes, is arrested for having taught Darwins theory of evolution in class, it seems it wont be just any ordinary summer in Dayton.

As Scopes trial proceeds, the small town is faced with astonishing, nationwide publicity: reporters, lawyers, scientists, religious leaders, and tourists. But amidst the circus-like atmosphere is a threatening sense of tension-not only in the courtroom, but among even the strongest of friends. This compelling novel in poems chronicles a controversy with a profound impact on science and culture in America-and one that continues to this day.

Review:

"Why not break the law and bring in some tourists? Conjuring fictionalized inhabitants of crumbling Dayton, Tenn., home of the infamous Scopes 'monkey trial,' Bryant (The Trial) lets her characters speak directly, in well-honed verse that illuminates a broad range of perspectives. Overheard near a drugstore soda fountain, scheming business owners and a publicity-chasing superintendent get permission from a popular teacher, J.T. Scopes, to arrest him for violating the Butler Act, which bans the teaching of evolution. Adventure-seeking kids, skeptical journalists, erudite scientists, curious townsfolk and one shrill evangelical all have their say on the ensuing battle between silver-tongued prosecutor William Jennings Bryan and sharp-witted defense lawyer Clarence Darrow. Bryant obviously sympathizes with Darrow and the Darwinists, but she doesn't heavily stack the deck: the eloquent insights she attributes to her characters are evenly distributed. Nor does she go out of her way to emphasize the timeliness of the topic. The colorful facts she retrieves, the personal story lines and the deft rhythm of the narrative are more than enough invitation to readers to ponder the issues she raises. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Jen Bryant teaches Childrens Literature at West Chester University and lives in Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375840470
Subtitle:
Views from the Scopes Trial
Author:
Bryant, Jen
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Novels in verse
Subject:
Scopes, John Thomas - Trials, litigation, etc
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Publication Date:
20080212
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.31x5.85x.92 in. .76 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 240 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375840470 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Why not break the law and bring in some tourists? Conjuring fictionalized inhabitants of crumbling Dayton, Tenn., home of the infamous Scopes 'monkey trial,' Bryant (The Trial) lets her characters speak directly, in well-honed verse that illuminates a broad range of perspectives. Overheard near a drugstore soda fountain, scheming business owners and a publicity-chasing superintendent get permission from a popular teacher, J.T. Scopes, to arrest him for violating the Butler Act, which bans the teaching of evolution. Adventure-seeking kids, skeptical journalists, erudite scientists, curious townsfolk and one shrill evangelical all have their say on the ensuing battle between silver-tongued prosecutor William Jennings Bryan and sharp-witted defense lawyer Clarence Darrow. Bryant obviously sympathizes with Darrow and the Darwinists, but she doesn't heavily stack the deck: the eloquent insights she attributes to her characters are evenly distributed. Nor does she go out of her way to emphasize the timeliness of the topic. The colorful facts she retrieves, the personal story lines and the deft rhythm of the narrative are more than enough invitation to readers to ponder the issues she raises. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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