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Volume Listing > Volume 35 > Bryan, Birge, and the Wisconsin evolution controversy, 1921-1922

Wyllie, Irvin G. "Bryan, Birge, and the Wisconsin evolution controversy, 1921-1922"


Bryan, Birge, and the Wisconsin Evolution Controversy, 1921-1922: After William Jennings Bryan's lecture at the University of Wisconsin in May 1921, a war of words between Bryan and then-university President Edward A. Birge (1851-1950) broke out over Darwin's concept of evolution. Bryan hoped to preserve Christianity by attacking Darwinism and Birge, an instructor of natural history and zoology, felt that Bryan's anti-evolution "tirades were atheistic." The complexity and absurdity of the conflict is detailed and the author makes an effort to explain each man's side of the argument to the best of his ability. (8 pages)

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Citation: Wyllie, Irvin G. "Bryan, Birge, and the Wisconsin evolution controversy, 1921-1922" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 35 /Issue: 4 (1951-1952)

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