By Duncan Maysilles

it really is demanding to make a wilderness in a spot that gets sixty inches of rain every year. yet after a long time of copper mining, all that remained of the outdated hardwood forests within the Ducktown Mining District of the Southern Appalachian Mountains used to be a fifty-square mile barren expanse of seriously gullied pink hills--a panorama created through sulfur dioxide smoke from copper smelting and harmful logging practices. In Ducktown Smoke, Duncan Maysilles examines this environmental catastrophe, one of many worst the South has skilled, and its influence on environmental legislations and Appalachian conservation.

Beginning in 1896, the widening destruction wrought in Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina via Ducktown copper mining spawned thousands of personal court cases, culminating in Georgia v. Tennessee Copper Co., the U.S. ideal Court's first pollution case. In its 1907 choice, the courtroom famous for the 1st time the sovereign correct of person states to guard their average assets from transborder pollutants, a foundational opinion within the formation of yankee environmental legislation. Maysilles unearths how the excellent courtroom case introduced jointly the disparate forces of agrarian populism, commercial logging, and the wooded area conservation flow to set a felony precedent that is still correct in environmental legislation today.

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