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
Unique contemporary perspective on Carson's life and the Silent Spring controversy, published April
Al Gore's Introduction to the 1994 reprint of Silent Spring
From the archived White House site of the Clinton administration, on the National Archives website.
Silent Spring: Book-of-the-Month selection
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
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
Update on the DDT controversy, from the online resources accompanying the PBS Frontline documentary "Fooling with Nature."
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
A wealth of resources from the governmental agency established partly in response to Silent Spring.
Rachel Carson: The Power of One (with links)
EPA and Silent Spring
EPA and DDT
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
EPA History Office: illustrated timeline, FAQs, "This Month in EPA History," archive collections, publications, photographs, and more.
Environmental Topics in the EPA website from Acid Rain to Water, including Pesticides
Guide to Environmental Issues (1996): the EPA publication available in html (online) or pdf (printable) format
Search Your Community (via zip code)
EPA Environmental Education Center / Teachers' Page: teaching activities, community projects, workshop information, grants, links, and more.
EPA Student Center / Students' Page
EPA Explorers' Club / Kids' Page (elementary)
EPA Office of Environmental Education: home page for education sites listed above
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).
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.
"The case for DDT: What do you do when a dreaded environmental pollutant saves lives?",
Science News, July 1, 2000.
"Nations agree use of DDT to fight malaria exceeds risks," The Earth Times, 2000.
"EPA caught between farmers, food safety fears," Washington Post, August 2, 1999.
"Bald eagle flies off endangered list," CNN.com, July 2, 1999.
"Three decades after Silent Spring, DDT still menacing the environment," WWF Global Network, June 30, 1998.
"DDT: Facts vs. Fears," American Council on Science and Health, June 1998.
"25 years after DDT ban, bald eagles, osprey numbers soar," Environmental Defense Fund, June
Pesticides: Online Teaching Unit
User-friendly introduction to pesticides, with bibliography, links, and self-quiz, from the site "Cruising
Chemistry" from Professor George Geller, Chemistry Department, Duke University.
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
From the Food and Drug Administration office of Public Affairs.
Frances Kelsey: Invalidating Thalidomide for Prenatal Use
Short biography from Canada Digital Collections: Heirloom Series.
Genetically Engineered Foods: Web Resources
Differing viewpoints from biotechnology, government, consumer groups, etc., from the search engine Google.
Return to "Wilderness and American Identity" Links to Online
the essay, Rachel Carson and the Awakening of Environmental Consciousness
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