SAQs for APUSH Topic 8.13 — The Environment and Natural Resources from 1968–1980

Five questions designed to help students review for the annual exam and that relate to a number of environmental issues and accidents beginning in the 1960s and that led to a diverse philosophical, social, and political post-World War II movement for addressing environmental issues

  1. The roots of the post-World War II environmental movement can be traced back to Murray Bookchin’s Our Synthetic Environment, Paul R. Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb, and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Carson’s book documents the adverse environmental effects caused by what?
  2. Prior to the start of the 20th century and long before the birth of the post-World War II environmental movement, there was a conservation movement. Name and briefly describe one specific piece of historical evidence in support of this claim.
  3. American environmentalists have campaigned against nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the 1960s and 1970s, acid rain in the 1980s, ozone depletion and deforestation in the 1990s, and most recently climate change and global warming. What is acid rain?
  4. In the 1960s and 1970s, environmental problems and accidents led to a growing environmental movement that aimed to use legislative efforts to combat pollution and protect natural resources. Name and briefly describe one specific environmental problem or accident that led to the post-World War II environmental movement.
  5. In the 1960s and 1970s, environmental problems and accidents led to a growing environmental movement that aimed to use legislative efforts to combat pollution and protect natural resources. Name and briefly describe one post-World War II legislative effort that aimed to combat pollution and protect natural resources.
  6. In the 1960s and 1970s, environmental problems and accidents led to a growing environmental movement that aimed to use public efforts to combat pollution and protect natural resources. Name and briefly describe one public effort that aimed to combat pollution and protect natural resources.
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