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Related to "Wilderness & American Identity" Essay:
 Rachel Carson and the Awakening of Environmental Consciousness by Linda Lear

RachelCarson.org
http://www.rachelcarson.org
First-stop website from Professor Linda Lear, Carson's biographer and author of this essay in "Nature Transformed," with a biography, bibliographies of books by and about Carson, online resources, and an e-mail link to submit project questions to Professor Lear.


Rachel Carson: Obituary in The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/10/05/reviews/carson-obit.html
Unique contemporary perspective on Carson's life and the Silent Spring controversy, published April 16, 1964.


Al Gore's Introduction to the 1994 reprint of Silent Spring
http://clinton2.nara.gov/WH/EOP/OVP/24hours/carson.html
From the archived White House site of the Clinton administration, on the National Archives website.


Silent Spring: Book-of-the-Month selection
http://www.bomc.com/archives/1962/a_silent_spring.html
Commentary that accompanied the selection of Silent Spring as the March 1962 Book-of-the-Month selection, from the BMOC timeline.


Rachel Carson: A Scientist Alerts the Public to the Hazards of Pesticides
http://onlineethics.org/moral/carson/main.html
General overview of Carson and Silent Spring, including an introduction to pesticides and links to on environmental agencies and information on environmental legislation. From the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science.


Rachel Carson Revisited
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/nature/disrupt/sspring.html
Update on the DDT controversy, from the online resources accompanying the PBS Frontline documentary "Fooling with Nature."


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov
A wealth of resources from the governmental agency established partly in response to Silent Spring.
Rachel Carson: The Power of One (with links)
http://www.epa.gov/epahome/people2_0608.htm

EPA and Silent Spring
http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/epa/15c.htm

EPA and DDT
http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/ddt/index.htm

The Origins of the EPA: issue of The Guardian that reviews the environmental movement, the first Earth Day, and the creation of the EPA in 1970
http://www.epa.gov/history/publications/origins.htm

EPA History Office: illustrated timeline, FAQs, "This Month in EPA History," archive collections, publications, photographs, and more.
http://www.epa.gov/history

Environmental Topics in the EPA website from Acid Rain to Water, including Pesticides
http://www.epa.gov/epahome/topics.html

Guide to Environmental Issues (1996): the EPA publication available in html (online) or pdf (printable) format
http://www.epa.gov/epadocs/guide

Search Your Community (via zip code)
http://www.epa.gov/epapages/epahome/comm.htm

EPA Environmental Education Center / Teachers' Page: teaching activities, community projects, workshop information, grants, links, and more.
http://www.epa.gov/teachers

EPA Student Center / Students' Page (middle/high)
http://www.epa.gov/students

EPA Explorers' Club / Kids' Page (elementary)
http://www.epa.gov/kids

EPA Office of Environmental Education: home page for education sites listed above
http://www.epa.gov/enviroed

Documerica. A treasure trove of American environmental and social history of the early 1970s, this EPA photodocumentation project contains thousands of photos eminently useful in classroom lessons and projects (all in the public domain).
  Two search methods:
(1) From the EPA page below. Following these instructions will bring you all 15,903 photographs in the collection.
http://www.epa.gov/history/photos/documerica.htm
(2) From the National Archives digital image search page. Enter keywords to restrict your search. The results may include photos from other collections, but eventually you will get to the color Documerica photos.
http://www.nara.gov/cgi-bin/starfinder/0?path=images.txt&id=demo&pass=&OK=OK

DDT and Pesticides Today: The Debate, a sampling of many online articles
"Ospreys' return indicates a healthier Chesapeake Bay," EPA: "In the News," March 15, 2001.
http://www.epa.gov/epahome/other2_031501.htm

"The case for DDT: What do you do when a dreaded environmental pollutant saves lives?", Science News, July 1, 2000.
http://www.sciencenews.org/20000701/bob2.asp

"Nations agree use of DDT to fight malaria exceeds risks," The Earth Times, 2000.
http://www.earthtimes.org/jan/healthnationsagreeusejan10_01.htm

"EPA caught between farmers, food safety fears," Washington Post, August 2, 1999.
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/aug99/pesticides2.htm

"Bald eagle flies off endangered list," CNN.com, July 2, 1999.
http://www.cnn.com/NATURE/9907/02/bald.eagle.02/

"Three decades after Silent Spring, DDT still menacing the environment," WWF Global Network, June 30, 1998.
http://www.panda.org/news/press/archive/news_219.htm

"DDT: Facts vs. Fears," American Council on Science and Health, June 1998.
http://www.altgreen.com.au/chemicals/ddt.html

"25 years after DDT ban, bald eagles, osprey numbers soar," Environmental Defense Fund, June 13, 1997.
http://www.edf.org/pubs/NewsReleases/1997/Jun/e_ddt.html

Pesticides: Online Teaching Unit
http://www.chem.duke.edu/~jds/cruise_chem/pest/pestindex.html
User-friendly introduction to pesticides, with bibliography, links, and self-quiz, from the site "Cruising Chemistry" from Professor George Geller, Chemistry Department, Duke University.


Thalidomide
http://science-education.nih.gov/nihHTML/ose/snapshots/multimedia/ritn/Thalidomide
Background and current status, from the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education (an archived page that will appear on the reorganized site "Snapshots of Science and Medicine).


Frances Oldham Kelsey: FDA Medical Reviewer Leaves Her Mark on History
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2001/201_kelsey.html
From the Food and Drug Administration office of Public Affairs.


Frances Kelsey: Invalidating Thalidomide for Prenatal Use
http://collections.ic.gc.ca/heirloom_series/volume6/volume6.htm
Short biography from Canada Digital Collections: Heirloom Series.


Genetically Engineered Foods: Web Resources
http://directory.google.com/Top/Society/Issues/Science_and_Technology/
Biotechnology/Genetics/GM-Genetically_Modified_Food/
Differing viewpoints from biotechnology, government, consumer groups, etc., from the search engine Google.



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