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The Natural Environment: Rachel Carson's Web of Life

Linda Sargent Wood

in A More Perfect Union: Holistic Worldviews and the Transformation of American Culture after World War II

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195377743
eISBN:
9780199869404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377743.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on nature writer and zoologist Rachel Carson. It offers a short biographical sketch and shows how she formulated and articulated her holistic ethos. Influenced by ... More


The Environmental Movement in the United States

Russell W. Peterson

in Foundations of Environmental Sustainability: The Coevolution of Science and Policy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195309454
eISBN:
9780199871261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Ecology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

This chapter discusses the excesses of the Industrial Revolution and the explosion of the human population as the issues that showed us the devastating impact that human activities could have on the ... More


Encountering Rachel Carson: Environmentalist and Provocateur

SSJ Monica Weis

in The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130040
eISBN:
9780813135717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130040.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter provides an analysis of Thomas Merton's letter to Rachel Carson and a brief clarification of how these two literary minds were prophets of both revelation and revolution. Rachel Carson ... More


Rachel Carson’s: Silent Spring

Marla Cone

in Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159319
eISBN:
9780231500586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159319.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This essay reviews the book Silent Spring (1962), by Rachel Carson. Silent Spring alerted readers to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides and other toxic ... More


The Budding Movement for Pesticide Reform, 1962–1972

Adam Tompkins

in Ghostworkers and Greens: The Cooperative Campaigns of Farmworkers and Environmentalists for Pesticide Reform

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801456688
eISBN:
9781501704215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801456688.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter examines the budding movement for pesticide reform during the period 1962–1972. It begins with a discussion of Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring, which introduced the public to the ... More


Dr. Spock, Daisy Girl, and DDT: A Prehistory of Environmental Icons

Finis Dunaway

in Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226169903
eISBN:
9780226169934
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226169934.003.0001
Subject:
History, Environmental History

This chapter presents three sets of images as together constituting a prehistory of environmental icons: advertisements against nuclear testing produced by SANE (the National Committee for a Sane ... More


Pesticides and Toxicology after the DDT Ban

Frederick Rowe Davis

in Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780300205176
eISBN:
9780300210378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300205176.003.0007
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

This chapter discusses the use of different pesticides after the banning of DDT in 1972. Based on the message from Silent Spring, many Americans considered DDT as the most harmful insecticide due to ... More


Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology

Frederick Rowe Davis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780300205176
eISBN:
9780300210378
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300205176.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

Rachel Carson's eloquent book Silent Spring stands as one of the most important books of the twentieth century and inspired important and long-lasting changes in environmental science and government ... More


Birding in a Silent Spring

Thomas R. Dunlap

in In the Field, Among the Feathered: A History of Birders and Their Guides

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199734597
eISBN:
9780190254377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734597.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines birding in the environmental age, with particular emphasis on the ways the gospel of environmental conservation changed the balance between conservation and recreation in the ... More


. From Muir and Alexander to Leopold and Carson

John G. T. Anderson

in Deep Things out of Darkness: A History of Natural History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780520273764
eISBN:
9780520954458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520273764.003.0016
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

In which we make the transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth centuries as issues of conservation and preservation become entwined with natural history. John Muir’s travels both within the ... More


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