Publishing anniversary of Silent Spring

Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book Silent Spring was published on this date in 1962.

“If the Bill of Rights contains no guarantee that a citizen shall be secure against lethal poisons distributed either by private individuals or by public officials, it is surely only because our forefathers, despite their considerable wisdom and foresight, could conceive of no such problem,” Carson said.

Read more on the September 27, 2021 edition of Writers Almanac and at biographer Linda Lear's site Rachelcarson.org 

Among many worthwhile videos about Rachel Carson appearing on YouTube, this short Dutch television post includes archival footage of Carson defending Silent Spring and its findings.  

AWTT portrait of Rachel Carson