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Religion

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Design|Personal Belief|Beauty|The Church Perhaps the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin's day was religion. The same can be said of the evolution controversy today; however the nature of the disputes and the manner in…

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  • … is a single letter from Darwin to philosopher and economist William Graham on natural laws. …

Interview with John Hedley Brooke

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John Hedley Brooke is President of the Science and Religion Forum as well as the author of the influential Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 1991). He has had a long career in the history of science and…

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  • … by monkeys. He writes about this in a letter in 1881 to William Graham : Would any one trust in …
  • … the very philosopher who invented the word scientist, William Whewell , made it perfectly clear …

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … his son’s own work on plant sensitivity and digestion. William, who had contributed to some of the …
  • … Darwin corresponded most often with the assistant director, William Turner Thiselton-Dyer, who …
  • … as rain, wind, temperature, and light. While staying with William in Southampton he made notes on …
  • … ‘I got out within 2 minutes of a very heavy shower’, William wrote on 24 August 1877 . ‘The …
  • … he had begun in 1839 with the birth of his first child, William. He had used some of this material …
  • … attracted immediate attention from other researchers. William Preyer requested a copy and shared …
  • … and classical scholars, including the eminent politician William Ewart Gladstone. Darwin wrote to …
  • … 14 June 1877 ). Darwin was staying in Southampton with William during the emperor’s visit, and so …
  • … , he was criticised for having quoted from an article by William Rathbone Greg on the ‘careless, …
  • … C. T. E. Siebold, 10 October 1877 ). An American banker, William Burrows Bowles, having read Ernst …
  • … a fossil by a model-maker. The giant’s ‘discoverer’, William Conant, was a colleague of the showman …
  • … brought a very happy occasion with the engagement of William to Sara Sedgwick. She was the daughter …
  • … Southampton a dull place, but he did his best to recommend William: ‘his temper is beautifully sweet …
  • … ‘I enclose my marriage present’, Darwin wrote to William on 3 October , ‘I fear that Sara will …

Natural Science and Femininity

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Discussion Questions|Letters A conflation of masculine intellect and feminine thoughts, habits and feelings, male naturalists like Darwin inhabited an uncertain gendered identity. Working from the private domestic comfort of their homes and exercising…

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  • … development of his two-month-old “animalcule of a son", William. Darwin’s roles as father and …
  • … spots on the bedroom wallpaper. Letter 10821 - Graham C. C. to Darwin, [30 January 1877 …

Discussion Questions and Essay Questions

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There are a wide range of possibilities for opening discussion and essay writing on Darwin’s correspondence.  We have provided a set of sample discussion questions and essay questions, each of which focuses on a particular topic or correspondent in depth.…

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  • … Boole (1864), F. E. Abbot (1871-4), John Fordyce (1879), William Graham (1881)] How did Darwin …
  • … his family in his research? [Henrietta Darwin (1870-71), William Darwin (1863-4, 1870), George …
  • … to his children influenced by their sex? [Henrietta Darwin, William Darwin, George Darwin, W. D. Fox …

Race, Civilization, and Progress

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Darwin's first reflections on human progress were prompted by his experiences in the slave-owning colony of Brazil, and by his encounters with the Yhagan peoples of Tierra del Fuego. Harsh conditions, privation, poor climate, bondage and servitude,…

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  • … the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, and the philosopher William Graham. Letter 2503 …
  • … & moral qualities. Letter 13230 : Darwin to Graham, William, 3 July 1881 …
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