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Introduction -- Have you seen the robins? Rachel Carson's mother and the tradition of women naturalists -- Don't harm the people: Ellen Swallow Richards, Dr. Alice Hamilton, and their heirs take on polluting industries -- Carson and her sisters: Rachel Carson did not act alone -- Rachel Carson, Terry Tempest Williams, and ecological empathy -- The environment around us and inside us: Ellen Swallow Richards, Silent spring, and Sandra Steingraber -- Rachel Carson, Devra Davis, pollution, and public policy -- Rachel Carson and Theo Colborn: endocrine disruption and ethics -- Epilogue.
In Rachel Carson and her sisters, Robert K. Musil redefines the achievements and legacy of environmental pioneer and scientist Rachel Carson, linking her work to a wide network of American women activists and writers and introducing her to a new, contemporary audience. Rachel Carson was the first American to combine two longstanding, but separate strands of American environmentalism -- the love of nature and a concern for human health. Widely known for her 1962 best-seller, Silent spring, Carson is today often perceived as a solitary "great woman," whose work single-handedly launched a modern environmental movement. But as Musil demonstrates, Carson's life's work drew upon and was supported by already existing movements, many led by women, in conservation and public health.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-277) and index.
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Print version: Musil, Robert K., 1943- Rachel Carson and her sisters New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press,  9780813562421 (DLC) 2013021944 (OCoLC)862102561
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