Fish and Wildlife Service employee photo In the mids, Carson became concerned about the use of synthetic pesticides, many of which had been developed through the military funding of science after World War II. She tried to enlist essayist E.
About the Exhibition A noisy half century In her new book [Rachel Carson] tries to scare the living daylights out of us and, in large measure, succeeds.
Her work tingles with anger, outrage and protest. It sold hundreds of thousands of copies and stayed on the best seller list for thirty-one months.
Silent Spring inspired immediate outrage and opposition.
Chemical and agricultural spokesmen loudly attacked both the book and its author. They alleged ignorance, hysteria, misstatements, cultism, and communist sympathies. Yet Silent Spring also galvanized conservationists, ecologists, biologists, social critics, reformers, and organic farmers to join in the American environmental movement.
Moreover, through dozens of translations, Silent Spring affected events abroad and prepared the way for the rise of environmental and Green movements worldwide. Today, half a century later, Silent Spring continues to outrage many conservatives and inspire environmentalists.
Carson was born on 27 May in Springdale, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. From an early age she aspired to be a writer but at college she switched her major from English to biology.
In her spare time Carson wrote Under the Sea-Wind, published in Her second book, The Sea Around Us, was a fantastic success.
It zoomed to the top of the best seller list in and remained there for a record eighty-six weeks. A new edition of Under the Sea-Wind joined it there.
Success enabled Carson to resign from her job and write full time. In her third book, The Edge of the Sea, reached the best seller lists, too. Carson then turned her attention to a problem that had concerned her for at least a decade: She tried to get other authors interested in the topic, but in the end she found that she had to write the book herself—Silent Spring.
Unfortunately, Carson would only see the beginnings of the revolution she helped start. Halfway through the research and writing of Silent Spring she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Wearing a wig and sometimes moving with difficulty, she hid her illness from the public while she defended her book on television, at congressional hearings, and before many audiences.
On one side are the attacks that began even before a word was printed, as well as the vilification of the present day. On the other is found the equally persistent admiration and support for Carson and her book from scientists, policymakers, activists, and the general public.
Portions of the exhibition rely on quite thorough and extensive documentation, particularly for the United States, where Silent Spring had its earliest and greatest impact. Other sections go beyond previous accounts to emphasize popular culture, music, literature, and the arts.
The very different reception of the book in the various nations of Europe intrigued me. I offer here some of my research and my explanations why the book was so powerful in the U.
I would have been delighted to include more about Silent Spring in the non-Western world, but as far as I can discover no one has explored the topic in Asia, Africa, or Latin America and my own research did not turn up anything of significance.
That story is still waiting to be written. Next Mark Stoll This refers only to the text and does not include any image rights. Please click on an image to view its individual rights status.Jan 22, · Rachel Carson, DDT and the Fight Against Malaria the modern environmental movement with her groundbreaking best seller “Silent Spring.” essentially been eradicated in the United.
Silent Spring is an environmental science book by Rachel Carson. The book was published on 27 September and it documented the adverse effects on the environment of the indiscriminate use of heartoftexashop.comhed: September 27, (Houghton Mifflin).
Sep 23, · On June 4, , less than a year after the controversial environmental classic “Silent Spring” was published, its author, Rachel Carson, testified before a Senate subcommittee on . Silent Spring. Silent Spring began with a “fable for tomorrow” – a true story using a composite of examples drawn from many real communities where the use of DDT had caused damage to wildlife, birds, bees, agricultural animals, domestic pets, and even humans.
Carson used it as an introduction to a very scientifically complicated and already controversial subject. United States; About Blocks. and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, The use of the pesticide had proliferated greatly since , and Carson again tried, unsuccessfully, to interest a magazine.
Silent Spring inspired the modern environmental movement, which began in earnest a decade later. It is recognized as the environmental text that “changed the world.” Rachel Carson was a prophetic voice and her “witness for nature” is even more relevant and needed if our planet is to survive into a 22nd century.