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The Evolution of Racism: Human Differences and the Use and Abuse of Science
Ever since Charles Darwin first wrote about the "descent of man, " the differences between the human races have been the subject of the most enduring controversy over the "origin of the species." Evolutionary theory has been used and abused as a scientific justification or intellectual weapon by racists and anti-racists alike. Careers have been made and broken, lives dedic ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by Simon & Schuster
(first published 1994)
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This book is an in depth discussion of evolution, specifically how it has been used and misused by people to justify their ideas concerning race. It begins with Darwin's "The Origin of the Species" and continues to the present with the identification of genetic markers. I wanted to read this book to refresh in my mind Social Darwinism was/is, to reacquaint myself with arguments regarding eugenics, and to acquaint myself with advances in physical anthropology and genetics. I also thought the hist ...more
An absolutely amazing book on how Evolution has been used as a tool to justify racism. Well and engagingly written, it was one of the 2 nonfiction books that I devoured cover to cover in college (as opposed to skimming through just to pass a test).
This book starts with the beginning process and publication of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. It takes the reader on a colorful and insightful ride of the distortion and abuse of the Evolution of Man that was used to justify racism with "scientific evidence".