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CENTER OF THE STORM: MEMOIRS OF JOHN T. SCOPES by John T. Scopes and James Presley. 277 pages. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. $5.95.

In every account, the 1925 trial of John T. Scopes, who was accused of teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in Tennessee schools, is cited as a cultural showdown. The event pitted fundamentalists against religious skeptics, conservatives against radicals, fear of change against freedom of thought. According to the man who was at the center of the affair, it was even more than that. In this quietly amused memoir, John T. Scopes recalls it all as a hell of a...

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