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Rachel Carson, 'mass murderer'? A right-wing myth about 'Silent Spring' is poised for a revival

Rachel Carson, 'mass murderer'? A right-wing myth about 'Silent Spring' is poised for a revival

Rachel Carson has been both a hero to environmentalists and the bane of the chemical and pesticide industries — and their political mouthpieces — ever since the 1962 publication of her seminal book “Silent Spring.”

The book helped to launch the environmental movement, which scored arguably its most important success with the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 (under President Nixon). Carson’s heroism in defense of her argument that indiscriminate use of pesticides was harming people and damaging the environment is covered by a documentary about her...

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