Kinkade Analysis

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Madison Blum

Professor Kinkade

RWS 200

November 18, 2013

Women and Their Views of Rachel Carson's Credibility

"We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it" (Berry). The publication of Rachel Carson's novel Silent Spring, established the beginning of the environmental movement, which has triggered an abundant amount of controversy. Rachel Carson was the first women to stand up against the damage of DDT, she voiced her opinion and created a change for society's future in environmentalism. Environmentalism is the advocacy to work towards protecting the natural environment from devastation and/or pollution.

Since the publication on September 27, 1962, until now there have been numerous amounts of articles articulating positions and beliefs of DDT and concerns for or against Rachel Carson's theories. DDT is a pesticide that was first used during WWII and was also used as an insect killer that drastically caused greater problems affecting crops, animals, and human health. "Bring Back DDT, and Science With It!," by Marjorie Mazel Hecht, "Environmental History Review," by Linda J. Lear, "The Poisoned Earth," by Elizebeth Royte, and "The Deadly War against DDT," by Elizabeth M. Whelan are all women whom voiced their opinions about Rachel Carson and the effect of DDT on our environment. They all credited her in numerous different ways both good and bad based on their observation of DDT and their outlook on environmentalism. This paper...