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The decade of the 1920s brought about many changes in the way Americans thought and lived People were relieved the World War ended New inventions were being introduced to the public Relaxed morals left behind the prim attitudes of earlier times But some things could not be easily changed Science could not change religious beliefs It was in the early 1920s that they met head on The war between evolution and religion was brought before the people Evolution is the study of how things are formed It traces the life on earth through millions of years Charles Darwin an English Naturalist published The Origin of Species in 1859 It explained his theory of evolution Darwins theory was based in the premise that humans evolved from the earliest primates American Christians were appalled by this book1 They believed in the exact word of the bible The world was created in six days and Adam and Eve were part 2 Not one United States citizen could except both Darwins theory and the Biblical version in Genesis The distinct controversy over Darwinism began Evolution had taken another step in the nation In 1924 a biology textbook was banned because it printed a picture of a monkey and a man on the same page The governor of North Carolina did not want his children to be taught things that he believed were not true3 In 1925 Tennessee was the first state to pass an anti-evolution law Others followed in the states footsteps4 Some people viewed the law as a freak law with no importance at all but others with a strong Christian belief highly praised the law The Butler law as it was called stated That is shall be unlawful for any teacher in any of the Universities normals and all other public schools of the state which are supported in whole or in part by the public school funds of the state to teach any theory that denies
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