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Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution

Edward J. Larson


This book traces the coverage, or lack thereof, of evolution in textbooks used in American public schools from the mid–1800s to the present. While the teaching of Darwinian evolution was common and not controversial in the late 19th century and into the early 20th century, the debates between evolutionists and creationists, those who argue that the Biblical theory of origins deserves equal treatment, have flared throughout the 20th century—first in the 1920s, most famously in the Scopes trial; again in the 1960s, when the regional legislation banning the teaching of evolution was overturned, n ... More

Keywords: evolution, textbooks, Darwinian evolution, evolutionists, creationists, intelligent design, Michael Behe, anti-evolution, National Academy of Science, anti-creationist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195154719
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154719.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward J. Larson, author
University of Georgia