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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 Ducktown Desert and Georgia's First Smoke Suit

The Ducktown Desert and Georgia's First Smoke Suit

(p.105) 5 The Ducktown Desert and Georgia's First Smoke Suit
Ducktown Smoke

Duncan Maysilles

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Attorney General John C. Hart's six-hundred-mile trip from Atlanta to Washington, D.C. The occasion was Hart's first appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court in Georgia's fight for an injunction against the copper companies. Hart's companions included Ligon Johnson, a young Atlanta lawyer he hired to serve as special counsel on the case, and Farish Carter Tate, a Georgia congressman whose district embraced the smoke-damaged counties. The journey across four southern states gave Hart many hours to consider his two-phase strategy, a plan that combined legal and technological approaches to reduce or, better, eliminate sulfur pollution from the burning roast heaps of Ducktown. The first phase of Hart's strategy was the Supreme Court lawsuit, filed under the caption State of Georgia v. State of Tennessee; the Ducktown Sulphur, Copper & Iron Company (Ltd); and the Pittsburgh and Tennessee Copper Co.

Keywords:   John C. Hart, U.S. Supreme Court, copper companies, Ligon Johnson, Farish Carter

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