The year 1859, when Darwin changed the course of science and when John Brown rebelled and died, was a profound historical turning point.
Darwin was unquestionably a racist, arguing that civilization would advance even at the cost of inevitable racial extermination.
Alexander H. Stephens was Vice President of the Confederacy. In 1861 he delivered an oration justifying slavery and rebellion on scientific grounds.
Benjamin Tillman was a monster. He publicly defended lynchings. He drew on evolutionary racism to preach black inferiority.
On the book’s 150th anniversary, a prestigious journal is catching up with Darwin critics.