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They'll Cut Off Your Project : A Mingo County Chronicle - Huey Perry

They'll Cut Off Your Project

A Mingo County Chronicle

By: Huey Perry, Jeff Biggers (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2011
ISBN: 9781933202808
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 16+ years old

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In old England, if a king didn't like you, he would cut off your head. Now, if they don't like you, they'll cut off your project! As the Johnson Administration initiated its war on poverty in the 1960s, the Mingo County Economic Opportunity Commission project was established in southern West Virginia. Huey Perry, a young, local history teacher was named the director of this program and soon he began to promote self-sufficiency among low-income and vulnerable populations. As the poor of Mingo County worked together to improve conditions, the local political infrastructure felt threatened by a shift in power. Bloody Mingo County, known for its violent labor movements, corrupt government, and the infamous Hatfield-McCoy rivalry, met Perry's revolution with opposition and resistance. In They'll Cut Off Your Project, Huey Perry reveals his efforts to help the poor of an Appalachian community challenge a local regime. He describes this community's attempts to improve school programs and conditions, establish cooperative grocery stores to bypass inflated prices, and expose electoral fraud. Along the way, Perry unfolds the local authority's hostile backlash to such change and the extreme measures that led to an eventual investigation by the FBI. They'll Cut Off Your Project chronicles the triumphs and failures of the war on poverty, illustrating why and how a local government that purports to work for the public's welfare cuts off a project for social reform.

ISBN: 9781933202808
ISBN-10: 1933202807
Series: West Virginia & Appalachia
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 16+ years old
For Grades: 11 - 17
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 2011
Publisher: West Virginia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 2

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