The reviewers that insist this work is “ludicrous,” a “smear,” or a “hatchet job” are wrong; it is none of these.
Take a moment to consider the impact of labor on the development of evolutionary theory.
To isolate and quantify the factors which ultimately led to the acceptance of Darwinian ideas is not a straightforward task.
A less class-bound kind of protectiveness was shown to Darwin in the United States by Professor Asa Gray of Harvard University.
The theory of natural selection was the co-discovery of two men, but by the mid 1860s one of its progenitors began to reject his own theory.