This Day in History

Sept. 27, 1962: Silent Spring Published

Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Women's History
Rachel Carson | Zinn Education Project

Photo by Hank Walker, LIFE 1952.

On Sept. 27, 1962, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was published. The book exposes the devastating impact of widespread and uncontrolled pesticide use on the environment.

In response, Carson was vilified by the chemical industry and their allies. She was called a Communist, disloyal, unscientific, and hysterical.

More than five decades later, the need to teach about threats to the environment is even greater and the attacks on truth telling continue.