the evolution of abolition

Interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald on the work of historians Adrian Desmond and James Moore, who explain in their book Darwin’s Sacred Cause that Charles Darwin’s work on the theory of evolution was actually motivated by his strong moral opposition to slavery.  Darwin set out to refute the commonly held belief that the different races were created inherently unequal (a philosophical basis for slavery) by showing that all humans had, in fact, evolved from a common ancestor.

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who knew he was looking out for our best interest!

January 30th, 2009 at 11:41 am

yeah, i wouldn’t have guessed that…

January 30th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

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