RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 231588312 LA English T1 Darwin's sacred cause : how a hatred of slavery shaped Darwin's views on human evolution A1 Desmond, Adrian J.,, Moore, James R., PB Houghton Mifflin Harcourt PP Boston YR 2009 SN 9780547055268 0547055269 AB 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.