Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Legacy Department


Committee Chair/Advisor

Andrew, Rod A.

Committee Member

Bartley , Abel A

Committee Member

Grant , Roger

Committee Member

Jeffries , James B


The Scopes Trial held in Dayton, Tennessee, lasting for eight days in 1925, is one of the seminal events in American history. Its importance has little to do with the place, but much to do with cultural, political, scientific, and religious trends of the times. Historians extensively studied these trends and volumes were written, filled with their analyses of these trends and why the Scopes Trial represents such an interesting snapshot of history.
This work considers the militancy of the Fundamentalist movement as a definer of religious zeal and a desire to defend publicly what they perceived as an erosion of culture and religion. The revitalization of the movement in the 1960s was a surprise to historians who pronounced its demise in the 1930s. The characteristic militancy carried the movement to religious and political prominence in the 1980s and beyond.



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