Supreme Court Speech: Epperson vs Arkansas

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Submitted By allison17
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Name: Allison Melbert
Class Time: M, W, F 1-1:50

Identifying Data
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about Epperson vs. Arkansas court case dealing with the religious schooling taught in public schools.
Central Idea: The Supreme Court case between Epperson and Arkansas deals with the problem of whether it’s ok or not to teach the Evolution theory to children in the state of Arkansas.
Type of Speech: Supreme Court
Organizational Pattern: Event

Attention Getter: How many people were taught the Theory of Evolution in a high school class?

Thesis: In this speech I will present the facts of the court, the religious views of Evolution, both sides of this argument, including Susan Epperson’s side and Arkansas State’s side, and the judicial decision.

Preview Statement: In this speech I will present the facts of the court, with both sides of the argument, and the judicial decision.

(Trans: I will begin today by presenting how the theory of evolution contradicts religion).


I. In the case of Epperson vs. Arkansas, the driving force behind the ban of the theory of evolution were moral views.
A. The population of Arkansas in the 1960’s was made up of rural traditional families with conservative views.
1. The conservative views were mainly affiliate with religious beliefs.
2. The driving force behind the outlaw of the teaching of evolution was the fact that evolution, “contradicts a literal interpretation of the first chapter of Genesis.”
3. In the first chapter of genesis, the bible explains how god created the world in seven days. It states how god specifically created each and every species of animal. It then speaks of god’s creation of man, and the story of Adam and Eve.
4. The contradiction begins with the theory of evolution explaining humans being descendants of and or evolving from apes.

(Trans: Given the…...

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