Kenan Malik

The Unity of Man

Darwin’s Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins


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Perhaps the most celebrated collision between scientific rationality and anti-racist sensibility came in a Tennessee courtroom in 1925, when the teacher John Scopes was prosecuted for propagating Darwin’s theory of evolution in the classroom. Leading the prosecution was America’s most famous anti-Darwinist, William Jennings Bryan, whose campaigning had persuaded Tennessee to pass a law outlawing the teaching of Darwin’s theory. 

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