In the selection, there is a photo that is displaying an overwhelming white cloud that has
encompassed a small town. This picture was taken as a result of DDT in the air and
illustrates the true magnitude of environmental depletion. This photo plays a major role in
changing people’s views about the environment because for a long time it was left
ignored. Citizens did not believe that the environment could deteriorate and that they
were the cause of it, yet with this picture it altered many viewpoints of American citizens.
What can you infer about Rachel Carson’s writing style in
Based on the quote that the Cuyahoga River “oozes, rather than flows,” and that a
person “does not drown but decays,” what can you conclude about the point of view of the
author of the article in
magazine about the fire?
What conclusions can you draw about the public sentiment toward the environment in
the 1960s, based on the laws Nixon passed as president? Cite evidence to support your
Impact of Environmental Regulations
What details from either primary or secondary sources were most effective in helping
you understand the toxic chemicals in Love Canal in New York?