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Rachel Carson died on this day in 1964 and, like Copernicus, never lived to see the impact of her epoch-making book "Silent Spring," which catalyzed the environmental movement. Here is the story of its countercultural and courageous writing:
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The Writing of “Silent Spring”: Rachel Carson and the Culture-Shifting Courage to Speak Inconvenient Truth to Power

“It is, in the deepest sense, a privilege as well as a duty to have the opportunity to speak out — to many thousands of people — on something so important.”

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