How did Rachel Carson impact America with her book, Silent Spring?

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Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring impacted America by raising awareness and recognition of environmental issues, especially regarding pollution and the use of pesticides, and their effects on animal and insect species and populations.

Coming in the 1950s when the chemical DDT was widely used in agriculture, her book began the modern environmental movement that eventually led to the banning of such pesticides and more strict regulations on what could and could not be used, and where.

The current "Green" movement really has its roots and origins in what her novel did to wake people up to environmental crises.