In the early 1970’s the EPA sent out photographers to document American life. Over 80,000 pictures were taken and more than 15,000 have been made available <http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/topics/environment/documerica-topics.html>. Alan Taylor and the Atlantic highlights some of these images in the following photo essay.
As the 1960s came to an end, the rapid development of the American postwar decades had begun to take a noticeable toll on the environment, and the public began calling for action. In November 1971, t…
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