DDT, Silent Spring, and the Rise of Environmentalism: Classic Texts

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No single event played a greater role in the birth of modern environmentalism than the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and its assault on insecticides. This collection of documents, the first of its kind, traces shifting attitudes toward DDT and pesticides in general through a variety of sources: excerpts from scientific studies and government reports, advertisements from industry journals, articles from popular magazines, and the famous "Fable for Tomorrow" from ...
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Overview

No single event played a greater role in the birth of modern environmentalism than the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and its assault on insecticides. This collection of documents, the first of its kind, traces shifting attitudes toward DDT and pesticides in general through a variety of sources: excerpts from scientific studies and government reports, advertisements from industry journals, articles from popular magazines, and the famous "Fable for Tomorrow" from Silent Spring.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295988344
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,326,649
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword William Cronon ix Preface and Acknowledgments xi Introduction 3 Part 1 Background Views of Nature
1 Stephen A. Forbes, "The Ecological Foundations of Applied Entomology" 15
2 Leland O. Howard, "The War against Insects" 20 Pre-DDT Pesticides and DDT's Use in World War II
3 Paul Neal et al., "A Study of the Effects of Lead Arsenate Exposure on Orchardists and Consumers of Sprayed Fruit" 24
4 Paul Neal et al., "Toxicity and Potential Dangers of Aerosols, Mists, and Dusting Powders Containing DDT" 26 Part 2 DDT's Bright Promise and Neglected Problems (1942-1958)
DDT as Miracle Chemical
5 Brigadier General James Stevens Simmons, "How Magic is DDT?" 31
6 "Aerosol Insecticides" 39
7 Clay Lyle, "Achievements and Possibilities in Pest Eradication" 44 Early Warnings
8 Paul B. Dunbar, "The Food and Drug Administration Looks at Insecticides" 51
9 Clarence Cottam and Elmer Higgins, "DDT and Its Effect on Fish and Wildlife" 58 Part 3 Rising Concern About New Problems DDT, Food Chains, and Wildlife
10 Roy J. Barker, "Notes on Some Ecological Effects of DDT Sprayed on Elms" 65
11 Editorial from Bird Study 68
12 Derek A. Ratcliffe, "The Status of the Peregrine in Great Britain" 70
13 Robert Rudd, Pesticides and the Living Landscape 75
14 Thomas R. Dunlap, Interview with Joseph J. Hickey 80
15 Robert S. Strother, "Backfire in the War against Insects" 85 Part 4 The Storm Over Silent Spring Public Alarm
16 Morton Mintz, "'Heroine' of FDA Keeps Bad Drug Off Market" 94
17 Rachel Carson, "A Fable for Tomorrow" 102 Reactions
18 President's Science Advisory Committee, Use of Pesticides 104
19 Robert H. White-Stevens, "Communications CreateUnderstanding" 109
20 Edwin Diamond, "The Myth of the 'Pesticide Menace'" 115
21 Robert Gillette, "DDT: Its Days are Numbered, Except Perhaps in Pepper Fields" 121 Part 5 DDT and Malaria
22 Thomas Sowell, "Intended Consequences" 127
23 Thomas R. Hawkins, "Rereading Silent Spring" 130
24 May Berenbaum, "If Malaria's the Problem, DDT's Not the Only Answer" 136 Notes on Further Reading 141 Credits 145 Index 147
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