Learn how Rachel Carson, naturalist and author of the landmark book Silent Spring (1964), began to suspect that the use of synthetic pesticides to eradicate insect pests had unhealthy consequences, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Rachel Carson. Piecing together evidence from diverse sources, Carson’s findings and warnings about the potential hazards of untested chemicals—on the environment, the food chain, and human health—would catapult the environmental movement onto the national agenda. This resource is part of the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Collection.
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