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Rachel Carson

17-cent Rachel Carson stamp
The Rachel Carson stamp was issued May 28, 1981.

Rachel Carson’s (1907-1964) love of animals and nature defined her career. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, she worked for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, a traditionally male-dominated agency. A prolific writer, Rachel wrote several books on sea life. She entered the national stage in 1962 when she wrote her groundbreaking book, "Silent Spring." Her book sparked a controversy regarding the dangerous effects of pesticides. Rachel testified before Congress and called for improved ecological awareness, helping promote the environmental movement of the late 20th century.