Summary Of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

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1. Historical Interpretation I believe that Carson was well aware and prepared of the wrath the chemical industry was going to unleash on her if she published her book. She would meticulously check her facts and diligently worked on a list of sources to support her conclusions. This prevents critics to find a flaw--no matter how small--in her writing to use against her. It 's pretty obvious that people that work for the industries that Carson is "attacking" or "calling out" wouldn 't like her and her book very much. And thus, if they respond, it would be full of sophistry and harsh criticism. Those with the big business politics would probably feel the same, since the chemical industry is enormous in terms of business and money. Even Carson 's former colleagues in the Department of Agriculture attacked the book as an effort to turn the clock back to time when insect-born diseases killed thousands and wiped out crops.…show more content…
Headlines were sure to be made as the chemical industry criticized Carson. When the public read such criticism, they 'd side with the one that seems more professional and smarter, or in some (rare cases) no side at all. If most of them read Carson 's book, then I 'm sure (at least most of them) would take her side. 2. Contextualization Rachel Carson 's Silent Spring is often called the bible of the conservation movement. Other people dating back to Theodore Roosevelt talked about conserving rather than taming nature, but Carson gave the preservation movement a new voice in the 1960s. While most earlier conservation efforts focused on protecting land from development, Carson described in graphic detail what pesticides were doing to birds and
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