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The founder of the environmental movement had Baltimore roots
The founder of the environmental movement had Baltimore roots

Rachel Carson's three lyrical books on the sea made her an acclaimed author, but 1962's "Silent Spring" — the title conjuring a world without birdsong — made her a heroine. Her clear passages describing DDT and chemical contaminants' toxicity to humans and nature created one of the most influential tracts of all time and launched the modern day environmental movement. The clarion call was Carson's last work before she succumbed to cancer in 1964 at the age of 56. Today, 50 years after her death, Carson's legacy is receiving new attention. But little has been said of the inspirational role Baltimore and the city's newspaper played in her...

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