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Silent Spring

  • By: Arthur Mathew Holst
  • In: Green Politics: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Environmental Sociology, Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

In the history of the environmental movement, Rachel Carson is a name that carries a lot of influence, as well as controversy. She is credited with starting the environmental movement that is still going strong today, as it was her cautionary tale about the pesticide DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) titled Silent Spring that helped foster environmental awareness in people. Carson and her book received a lot of publicity for the dangers she predicted would occur to the environment and humans as a result of using DDT. Her book came out at a time when pesticides were recognized as reason for the progress that America saw after World War II. Bashing pesticide use was a very controversial act, and Carson saw a lot of opposition for it.

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