It's a neglected curiosity of history that two of our most monumental figures shared a birthday as well as a driving dream of human progress. We're between their respective holidays today-- Darwin Day just behind us, Presidents' Day just ahead-- so it's a good time to remind ourselves of their convergent aspirations for us all.
Charles Darwin & Abe Lincoln were born on the very same day in 1809. Darwin was more than a little interested in the slavery issue. Adrian Desmond & James Moore contend that this was a prime motive in his evolutionary researches. Darwin's Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin's Views on Human Evolution. Darwin and Lincoln shared common roots and an "abhorrence of racial servitude and brutality..."