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Famous Trials in American History
This thorough Scopes trial site, built by Prof. Douglas O. Linder of the University of Missouri - Kansas City Law School, provides a wealth of primary documents -- trial transcripts, photographs, newspaper accounts, the Tennessee statute, relevant passages from Genesis -- as well as excellent summary essays.
Douglass: Archives of American Public Address
Northwestern University's Douglass public address archives include Clarence Darrow's moving plea in the Leopold and Loeb case, in which he successfully convinces the judge to spare his clients from hanging.
Top 100 American Speeches of the Twentieth Century
In 1999, Professors Stephen Lucas and Martin Medhurst compiled this list of top speeches by surveying 137 leading scholars of American public address. Browse the complete list, including famous words from Clarence Darrow (#23) and William Jennings Bryan (#45).
Modern History Sourcebook: the Social Gospel
Fordham University historian Paul Halsall's Web site of primary sources includes an excerpt from Baptist minister Walter Rauschenbusch's 1908 book, Christianity and the Social Crisis, on the concept of the social gospel.
NOVA Odyssey of Life: How Did We Get Here?
On its companion Web site for the documentary Odyssey of Life, PBS' science series presents a debate on human origins, featuring law professor Phillip E. Johnson and biology professor Kenneth R. Miller.
Visit the companion Web site for the PBS series Evolution for extensive information on Darwin's theory. In the Library section, you can browse videos, web activities, interviews, and the like, or search the "other resources" category for a reading list on evolution.
Science Friday: The Scopes Trial 75th Anniversary
Listen to a radio program from the archives of the public radio show, "Science Friday." On July 21, 2000, the show's participants discussed the history of the Scopes trial, and debated how evolution should be taught in schools today.
The H. L. Mencken Page
A tribute Web site to legendary newspaperman H. L. Mencken, this page includes links to a number of Mencken's writings, examines his bigotry, collects his quotations, and even includes a few photographs.
American Civil Liberties Union
Visit the Web site of the ACLU, and find out about their efforts to defend individual civil liberties in the areas of criminal justice, free speech, HIV/AIDS, immigrants' rights, privacy, racial equality, religious liberty, women's rights, and more.
Web Sites | Books
Allen, Frederick Lewis. Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the Nineteen-Twenties. New York, London: Harper and Brothers, 1931.
Bryan, William Jennings. Bryan's Last Speech: Undelivered Speech to the Jury in the Scopes Trial. Oklahoma City: Sunlight Publishing Society, 1925.
----. Seven Questions in Dispute: William Jennings Bryan on Orthodoxy, Modernism, and Evolution. Edited by Joel A. Carpenter. New York : Garland, 1988.
Bryan, William Jennings and Bryan, Mary Baird. The Memoirs of William Jennings Bryan, by himself and his wife. The John C. Winston Company, 1925.
Caudill, Edward, Larson, Edward and Mayshark, Jesse. The Scopes Trial: A Photographic History. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2000.
Darrow, Clarence. The Story of My Life. New York: Da Capo Press, 1996.
----. Attorney for the Damned. Edited by Arthur Weinberg. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.
Darwin, Charles. Origin of the Species. New York: Modern Library, 1962.
Ginger, Ray. Six Days or Forever? Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes. London: Oxford University Press, 1958.
Hobson, Fred C. Serpent in Eden: H. L. Mencken and the South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1974.
Johnson, Phillip E. Darwin on Trial. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.
Larson, Edward J. Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. New York: Basic Books, 1997.
Levine, Lawrence W. Defender of the Faith: William Jennings Bryan, the Last Decade, 1915-1925. New York, Oxford University Press, 1965.
Mencken, H. L. Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1994.
Noonan, Peggy. On Speaking Well : How to Give a Speech With Style, Substance, and Clarity. New York: ReganBooks, 1999.
Scopes, John T. and Presley, James. Center of the Storm: Memoirs of John T. Scopes. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967.
Tierney, Kevin. Darrow, a Biography. New York: Crowell, 1979.
Wills, Garry. Under God: Religion and American Politics. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990.
Weinberg, Arthur and Lila. Clarence Darrow: A Sentimental Rebel. New York : Putnam, 1980.