America is the only country on Earth to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of its own citizens in a war to end slavery.
The effect of the book is to misrepresent Darwin in such a way as to make those who reject Darwinism appear to be opposing a saintly anti-abolitionist.
Nice try, Desmond and Moore. But criticizing Darwinian evolution does not make one a racist. The real Darwin is a far more ambiguous and conflicted figure.
October 7, 1865, saw a revolt break out in Jamaica in which 18 officials and militia men were killed by members of the freed black population.
Given the close relationship Louis Agassiz shared with pro-slavery factions in the South, Desmond and Moore focus much on Darwin’s relationship with Agassiz.