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The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, first published in 1871, was written by Charles Darwin following his most popular work On the Origin of Species (1859) in which Darwin introduces and develops his evolutionary theory. In The Descent of Man, Darwin expands on this evolutionary theory and applies it not only to the animal kingdom, but to the human race as well. The Descent of Man has been criticized for being sympathetic towards the eugenics movement, and while Darwin does not explicitly condone eugenics in his work, many eugenicists were influenced by the evolutionary theory of human “races” outlined in this book.



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