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Published on Nov 29, 2015
Lecture Forty-Five Discussion Social Darwinism The books and articles referred to in the lecture may be found at the end of the written lecture “Social Darwinism” at AtheistScholar.org, in the Bibliography. This lecture will be the fourth in my series on secular thought in Gilded Age America, from approximately the 1870’s to the end of World War I in 1918. I shall be extending the lecture into the 1970’s and into the present day due to the nature of the subject matter. My three previous lectures have glanced at Ingersoll and the Golden Age of Freethought, Atheism, Anarchism and Emma Goldman, and the Sex Radicals, Birth Control Advocates and their Enemy, Anthony Comstock. The lectures can all be found at atheistscholar.org, with a link to the YouTube presentations. We have looked at unbelief in its various manifestations among many sectors of United States society. Now I am going to turn to Social Darwinism, a sociological theory which claimed to be based on Charles Darwin’s work, Origin of Species, 1859, and his Descent of Man, 1871.