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Ducktown SmokeThe Fight over One of the South's Greatest Environmental Disasters$
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Duncan Maysilles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834596

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877937_maysilles

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>The View From the Mountain

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Ducktown Smoke

Duncan Maysilles

University of North Carolina Press

This book begins with the blue smoke that came from the copper smelters ten miles away from Mr. Trammel's apple orchard, across the Tennessee border on the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Fannin County, Georgia—a dark, bluish smoke with the rotten-egg stench of sulfur. B. H. Sebolt, a septuagenarian farmer, could see the smoke coming, and he knew what it was. He testified about the smoke in 1914: “It come right through this county and scattered every way. . . . When we have had a shower of rain and the smoke comes in, it settles down heavy and look like a fog, and when that dries off you can see the damage.” Sebolt explained that the smoke caused the leaves on his peas, beans, potatoes, cabbage, and corn to draw up and turn brown as if “you take fire and hold it close” to them.

Keywords:   blue smoke, copper smelters, Mr. Trammel, Tennessee border, Blue Ridge Mountains, Fannin County, B. H. Sebolt, sulfur

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