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'American Experience: Rachel Carson'
(DVD / PG / 2017 / PBS)

Overview: 'American Experience: Rachel Carson' provides an illuminating and inspiring portrait of a seminal figure whose writings changed the course of our nation and are still highly relevant today.

DVD Verdict: For those not in the complete know, Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award, recognition as a gifted writer, and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. This sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the depths.

Late in the 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially some problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was the book Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides.

It also inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.

Often called the mother of the modern environmental movement, Rachel Carson rocked the world in 1962 with her aforementioned book Silent Spring, and now 'American Experience: Rachel Carson' looks deeper into the aftermath that accompanied its release at the time.

The book that warned the American public of the impact of pesticides on the environment and unleashed an extraordinary national debate about science and safety firmly held Carson at the center of that firestorm. A strong, intensely private woman who balanced her love of the natural world and passion for writing with personal strife, including a heartbreaking battle with breast cancer, PBS's just-released 'American Experience: Rachel Carson' provides an illuminating and inspiring portrait of a seminal figure whose writings changed the course of our nation and are still highly relevant today. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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