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Darwin's Sacred Cause Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins

ISBN-10: 0226144518
ISBN-13: 9780226144511
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

There has always been a mystery surrounding Darwin: How did this quiet, respectable gentleman come to beget one of the most radical ideas in the history of human thought? It is difficult to overstate what Darwin was risking in publishing his theory of evolution. So it must have been something very powerfula moral fire, as Desmond and Moore put itthat helped propel him. That moral fire, they argue, was a passionate hatred of slavery. In opposition to the apologists for slavery who argued that blacks and whites had originated as separate species, Darwin believed the races belonged to the same human family. Slavery was a "sin," and abolishing it became his "sacred cause." By extending the abolitionists' idea of human brotherhood to all life, Darwin developed our modern view of evolution. Drawing on a wealth of fresh manuscripts, family letters, diaries, and even ships' logs, Desmond and Moore argue that only by acknowledging Darwin's abolitionist heritage can we fully understand the development of his groundbreaking ideas.

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Acknowledgements
Introduction: Unshackling Creation
The Intimate 'Blackamoor'
Racial Numb-Skulls
All Nations of One Blood
Living in Slave Countries
Common Descent: From the Father of Man to the Father of All Mammals
Hybridizing Humans
This Odious Deadly Subject
Domestic Animals and Domestic Institutions
Oh for Shame Agassiz!
The Contamination of Negro Blood
The Secret Science Drifts from its Sacred Cause
Cannibals and the Confederacy in London
The Descent of the Races
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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