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Author Maysilles, Duncan.

Title Ducktown smoke : the fight over one of the South's greatest environmental disasters / Duncan Maysilles.

Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2011.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  333.765137 M455d 2011    ---  Available
Description x, 333 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The view from the mountain -- The setting, the Cherokees, and the first era of Ducktown mining, 1843-1878 -- The revival of Ducktown mining and the first smoke suits, 1890-1903 -- The farmers and the copper companies wage battle in the Tennessee courts -- Georgia enters the fray -- The Ducktown desert and Georgia's first smoke suit -- Will Shippen, forestry, and Georgia's second smoke suit, 1905-1907 -- Attorney general Hart, the National Farmers Union, and the search for a remedy, 1907-1910 -- The smoke injunction and the great war, 1914-1918 -- Power dams, whitewater rafting, and the reclamation of the Ducktown desert, 1916-2010 -- The view from the mountain.
Summary It is hard to make a desert in a place that receives sixty inches of rain each year. But after decades of copper mining, all that remained of the old hardwood forests in the Ducktown Mining District of the Southern Appalachian Mountains was a fifty-square mile barren expanse of heavily gullied red hills, a landscape created by sulfur dioxide smoke from copper smelting and destructive logging practices. In this book the author examines this environmental disaster, one of the worst the South has experienced, and its impact on environmental law and Appalachian conservation. Beginning in 1896, the widening destruction wrought in Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina by Ducktown copper mining spawned hundreds of private lawsuits, culminating in Georgia v. Tennessee Copper Co., the U.S. Supreme Court's first air pollution case. In its 1907 decision, the Court recognized for the first time the sovereign right of individual states to protect their natural resources from transborder pollution, a foundational opinion in the formation of American environmental law. The author reveals how the Supreme Court case brought together the disparate forces of agrarian populism, industrial logging, and the forest conservation movement to set a legal precedent that remains relevant in environmental law today.
Subject Liability for environmental damages -- Appalachian Region, Southern.
Liability for environmental damages -- Tennessee -- Ducktown Region.
Copper mines and mining -- Environmental aspects -- Appalachian Region, Southern.
Copper mines and mining -- Environmental aspects -- Tennessee -- Ducktown Region.
Environmental disasters -- Appalachian Region, Southern.
Environmental disasters -- Tennessee -- Ducktown Region.
Georgia -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Indexed Term Ducktown Mining District
ISBN 9780807834596 (cloth : alk. paper)
0807834599 (cloth : alk. paper)

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