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Silent Spring By Rachel Carson

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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson Silent Spring by Rachel Carson is a revolutionary part of the environmentalist’s history. Caron’s last novel written, published in 1962, is a plea to the American people to look at what insecticides are doing to our nation, and with that, our earth. Her first chapter sets the scene, and brings readers to a fictitious city that all Americans can try to relate to by writing, “There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings. Then a strange blight crept over the area and everything began to change. The birds, for example—where had they gone? It was a spring without voices.” (Carson 1-2) The reason behind the lack of birds is revealed to readers to be part of a larger problem in poisonous chemicals, in the form of insecticides, which hurt our ecosystem for a temporary fix to pests. The entirety of Silent Spring was one massive public service announcement, and with Carson’s previous positon as editor-in-chief of publication for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries (now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) the research done on this topic was extensive. Carson took seventeen chapters to explain, in detail, what this atrocity is, how it came about, what could have been done differently, and what might happen in the future if we keep using pesticides. One of Carson’s main “characters” is the pesticide dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane aka DDT. DDT is largely used in mass sprayings on farms acting as
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