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“A History of Hoaxes, Deception, and Deceit”

Brandon Haught

in Going Ape

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2014 | ISBN: 9780813049434
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780813050409 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813049434.003.0004
“A History of Hoaxes, Deception, and Deceit”

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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

Chapter.  7265 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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