Maybe you’ve watched The Greatest Showman — but have you heard of Barnum’s “What Is It?” exhibit?
Hammering home the lesson about “our own evolutionary history” was exactly the purpose behind displaying and humiliating an African man with monkeys.
Evolution, the New York Times lectured, is “No more debatable than the multiplication table.” Sound familiar?
Yes, yes, Timesmen. But where did German racist science get its justification?
This was supposed to be of scientific interest, educating visitors in the evolutionary doctrine that placed Africans in close relationship to apes.