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Author Desmond, Adrian J., 1947-

Title Darwin's sacred cause : how a hatred of slavery shaped Darwin's views on human evolution / Adrian Desmond & James Moore.

Publication Info. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2009]


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  306.362 DESMOND    Check Shelf
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Biographies  92 BIOGRAPHY DARWIN    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  306.362 DESMOND    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  306.362 D463    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  306.362 DESMOND    Check Shelf
 Rocky Hill, Cora J. Belden Library - Adult Department  B DARWIN    Check Shelf
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 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  306.362 DE    Check Shelf
Description xxi, 485 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 422-456) and index.
Contents 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.
Summary There is a mystery surrounding Darwin: How did this quiet, respectable gentleman, a pillar of his parish, come to embrace one of the most radical ideas in the history of human thought? Darwin risked a great deal in publishing his theory of evolution, so something very powerful--a moral fire--must have propelled him. That moral fire, argue authors Desmond and Moore, was a passionate hatred of slavery. They draw on a wealth of fresh manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, diaries, and even ships' logs to show how Darwin's abolitionism had deep roots in his mother's family and was reinforced by his voyage on the Beagle as well as by events in America. Leading apologists for slavery in Darwin's time argued that blacks and whites were separate species, with whites created superior. Darwin believed that the races belonged to the same human family, and slavery was therefore a sin.--From publisher description.
Subject Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Ethics.
Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Political and social views.
Human evolution -- Philosophy.
Slavery -- Philosophy.
Slavery -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Added Author Moore, James R. (James Richard), 1947-
ISBN 9780547055268
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