Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, 1962


The book Silent Spring by biologist and nature writer Rachel Carson was published in 1962. Carson's research on the effect of insecticides (specifically DDT) on bird populations coupled with her moving prose made Silent Spring a best-seller, though chemical companies attacked it as unscientific. While noting the benefits of pesticides in fighting insect-borne disease and boosting crop yields, Carson warned about the invisible dangers of indiscriminate insecticide use and its unintended effect on nature. The publication of Silent Spring led to an increased public awareness of humanity’s impact on nature and is credited as the beginning of the modern environmental movement, leading to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 and the banning of DDT in 1972.

Date Published: 1962

Author: Carson, Rachel

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: ScienceEnvironmental MovementEnvironmental History


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Credit Line: Gift of Joan E. Boudreau

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.3104.01Nonaccession Number: 2013.3104Catalog Number: 2013.3104.01

Object Name: book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)cloth (overall material)Measurements: overall: 22 cm x 15.8 cm x 4 cm; 8 21/32 in x 6 7/32 in x 1 9/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1453548

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