Fundamentalism and Education in the Scopes Era: God, Darwin, and the Roots of America’s Culture Wars

Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Among historians, the Scopes Trial of 1925 hogs all the attention.  In my first book, I wondered what else conservative evangelical Protestants wanted out of American education.  The answers I found surprised me.  1920s book

This book was the result of my dissertation research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, guided by educational historian Bill Reese and historian of science and medicine Ron Numbers.  I couldn’t have asked for better mentors.
Is the book any good?  In his review, Keith Erekson of the University of Texas–El Paso wrote, “Fundamentalism and Education in the Scopes Era convincingly makes the case that the Scopes trial–and the history of education in the 1920s–must be situated within the broader context of fundamentalist activities of the era. Fundamentalists–and, indeed, Protestants, in general–exerted an important influence on public education from elementary through university levels. And historians cannot separate church from state in their narratives of the past without leaving scholars all the more impoverished in the future.”

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