The end of the Great War ushered in the Reactionary Twenties, when Americans had less than positive reactions to controversial issues and people of the day, such as the Scopes Monkey Trial and various issues arising from the Great Depression. Discuss the issues on Mr. Scopes's (defendant) and the school system’s (plaintiff) sides that were argued in the Scopes Monkey Trial. Do you agree with the outcome? Compare the impact of the stock market crash on the American people as far as the loss of jobs, food, and housing in 1929 to what Americans are currently experiencing in the Covid-19 pandemic as far as the loss of jobs, food, and housing in 2020.
The primary issue in the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 was the debate over the relationship between science and religion in the public school classroom; however, there are many less explored issues that can be explored productively.
The current coronavirus epidemic does not approach, in terms of scale and impact, the Great Depression; however, the crisis is not over. One can examine the Great Depression side by side with astute observations of the current crisis to make some educated predictions.
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