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Going ApeFlorida's Battles over Evolution in the Classroom$
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Brandon Haught

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049434

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049434.001.0001

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“A History of Hoaxes, Deception, and Deceit”

“A History of Hoaxes, Deception, and Deceit”

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Going Ape

Brandon Haught

University Press of Florida

Rev. Clarence E. Winslow tried his anti-evolution pitch again in Manatee County in 1983. A new school board member seemed receptive. This effort climaxed at a packed school board meeting where many citizens had their say, but the push was finally defeated. Officials across the country, including Florida's governor Bob Graham, lamented scientifically weak textbooks. Sketchy or evasive treatment of evolution was part of the discussion. Shirley Correll returned to the state capitol for a fresh round of protests against biology books that contained evolution information. The selection process was delayed, but the disputed books were eventually approved. In the mid-1980s, Escambia County school officials faced pressure from citizens about biology textbooks that treated evolution but nonetheless decided against the use of a creationism handout. Evolution then became an issue during gubernatorial and local elections, with several candidates supporting creationism. The chapter wraps up by describing a 1987–88 conflict created by an Escambia County teacher's assigning to his class a Pulitzer Prize–winning book on evolution by Carl Sagan.

Keywords:   creationism, elections, Escambia County, evolution, gubernational, Manatee County, textbook, Rev. Clarence E. Winslow, Shirley

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