The And Social Movements Of The United States Essay

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In the period after WWII, the world had major recovering to accomplish. Our environment needed tremendous work. After WWII, major regions of Europe and Asia lay in ruin. Cities throughout the world burned, and we had to deal with the after effects of an atomic bomb, something that had never been used before, so no one was sure of the aftermath that it would cause. These rallies, which are still continuing today, were both philosophical and social movements. Groups across the United States, specifically, mobilized, demanding a change for the betterment of our planet. The idea of preserving our environment is not something that is new by any means. In 1690, the colonial governor of Pennsylvania, William Penn, required that settlers in his area reserve at least one acre of vegetation for every five acres that they cleared.1 Benjamin Franklin led a committee in Philadelphia throughout the 1760s which sought to regulate the waste disposal and reduce the amount of water that was being polluted.1 In 1892, John Muir founded the Sierra Club which sought to “do something for the wilderness and make the mountains glad.”1 Throughout the twentieth century, the United States was concerned with the environment, but with the publishing of her book, Silent Spring, in 1962, Rachel Carson sparked the modern environmental movement. In Silent Spring, Carson criticized the use of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, commonly known as the pesticide DDT. The chemical components of DDT were…

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