Books: Poor V. Politician

THEY'LL CUT OFF YOUR PROJECT by HUEY PERRY 256 pages. Praeger. $7.95.

Huey Perry grew up along Gilbert Creek in West Virginia's Mingo County and later taught history in high school there. He seemed safe and sound enough to local politicians to be selected as director of a new Economic Opportunity Commission project in 1965 The stated purpose of the program was to fight poverty in an isolated region of Appalachia, sprinkled with towns with names like Cinderella Hollow and Magnolia, but inhabited by people 50% of whom were officially classified as poor.

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