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Center of the Storm: Memoirs of John T. Scopes Hardcover – June, 1967

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.; First Edition edition (June 1967)
  • ISBN-10: 0030603404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030603402
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,904,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
John T. Scopes finally wrote his autobiographical account of the celebrated Monkey Trial that bears his name to correct the small errors of fact and large errors of emphasis that had crept into publish accounts during his lifetime. Scopes maintained that the basic freedoms defended at Dayton in the summer of 1925 need to be embraced by each generation. Relatively silent during the actual trial, Scopes finally gave voice to his thoughts on the preachings of Christian Fundamentalists, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, and the entire circus atmosphere of the trial. More than any other autobiographical account, Scopes relates specific details about each stage of the trial, such as the stifling heat and the nuances of the public arguments. For Scopes the trial was never a question of choosing between evolution and Genesis, but rather in defending the freedom of teachers to teach and students to learn. As far as he was concerned both sides could belief what they wished, but they could not force their beliefs upon others. Scope's recollections of Darrow and Bryan are particularly insightful, and it is somewhat surprising that as the dramatic highpoint of the trial he picks not Darrow's cross-examination of Bryan on the courthouse lawn, but Dudley Field Malone's fiery speech in defense of academic freedom. If anything, Scopes goes out of his way to have nice things to say about everybody involved in the trial, including Judge Raulston and H. L. Mencken. "Center of the Storm" certainly provides evidence of the author's character and we have to remember that despite the distorted version of the trial enshrined in "Inherit the Wind," nobody in Dayton ever had a bad thing to say about Scopes.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
John Thomas Scopes (1900-1970) was a teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, who was charged in 1925 for violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of evolution; his case became the famous "Monkey Trial." After the trial, he studied geology then worked as a geologist with the United Gas Company until his retirement.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1967 book, "This is ... a collection of memories taken from my own life, about me and about some people and some things I have known... The basic freedoms defended at Dayton are not so distantly removed; each generation, each person must defend these freedoms or risk losing them forever. If this book occasionally entertains and informs while reminding you of the significance of these liberties, then it has been well worth my writing it."

He states early on, "Although I was not a member, I attended Sunday school and church services regularly until my senior year in high school." (Pg. 23-24) He suggests, "Here was the crux of the controversy... The Fundamentalists had an inalienable right to believe what they did, but when they insisted that others hold those beliefs too, they were violating other people's rights." (Pg. 46) Later, when a reporter asked him if he was a Christian, he replied, "I don't know... who does?" (Pg. 83)

He recounts that he showed several men gathered in a local drugstore the textbook used to teach high school biology: "I explained that I ... used it for review purposes while filling in for the principal during his illness. He was the regular biology teacher... you can't teach biology without teaching evolution." He was asked, "'John, would you be willing to stand for a test case?'... [Scopes thought] To tell the truth, I wasn't sure I had taught evolution.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By r on August 18, 2010
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been searching for a while. book is in excellent condition. Visit the Scope's Monkey Trial in Dayton TN
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