If there ever was a twentieth-first century version of the “rural Enlightenment” it might be found in Bledsoe County, Tennessee. I just finished my three day visit with 30 or so American history teachers in rural Appalachia. Allow me to make a few reflections on my trip:
3). On Wednesday afternoon I got a chance to visit the site of the Scopes Monkey Trial (1925) in nearby Dayton. I toured the museum, sat in the courtroom where the event took place, and visited Bryan College. I just missed Dayton’s yearly re-enactment of the event.