History 408  History of American Science and Technology

Reading Worksheet


Pesticides and Environment

Smith, 383-426; Wang, 183-235


Date:                                                                           Name: 

1. What’s new and striking to you in the readings on this topic?






2. What were the main points made by Rachel Carson about the pesticides?






3. Are you reassured by Congressman Whitten’s rebuttal to Carson?






4. How did the scientists and the federal government react to Silent Spring?






5. When and why was DDT banned in the US?  How about in Mexico?






6. Do you find the readings helpful? Questions and comments?  Any relevant news item or website?