Branch noted that "although there is no indication in the bill about which 'theories and concepts' are deemed to be 'controversial', much less any guidance about adjudicating disputes about which are and which are not, it is suggestive that the bill's sole sponsor, Dennis Baxley (R-District 12), has a history of antievolution
crusades of the 1920s were as much a response to social changes and debates over national identity as they were about evolution.
The top three states where antievolution
legislation was introduced were Oklahoma with 13 bills, Mississippi with 11 bills, and Alabama with 10 bills," says Johnson.
The COSS committee couldn't quite overcome one of the last vestiges of subtle, antievolution
language in the COSS since 1983--the use of "change over time" as a euphemism for "evolution".
Not only did it lead to the notorious Scopes Trial that summer, but it remained a dramatic symbol of the antievolution
movement in the United States for several decades.
Moran starts by looking at how the antievolution
movement convoluted the women's rights movement.
Myers then proceeded to caustically poke holes in their antievolution
narrative with a dial-in audience listening.
Within the next two years, more than a dozen states considered antievolution
bills, with Arkansas and Mississippi enacting such laws.
At number six is the news that in spite of Louisiana passing an antievolution
"academic freedom" act in 2008, antievolution
bills introduced elsewhere in 2009 quickly died in committee.
In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial and the Making of the Antievolution
In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution
As for Bryan, his participation was significant owing to his stature "[a]s a former Democratic leader," who "had endeared himself to many followers in this [Tennessee] normally Democratic state, and his position in the antievolution
movement carried weight among many who had before looked to him for political leadership" (Bailey 1950, 474).