Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Lynn Frazier, November 9, 1990

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:52 - Getting involved in the War on Poverty

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Lynn Frazier he, uh, is a former head of...

Segment Synopsis: Frazier explains how he got involved in Kentucky's anti-poverty movement, mentioning that his initial involvement occurred while he was working for then governor Louie B. Nunn.

Keywords: Anti-poverty movement; Employment; Spectrum

Subjects: Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973; Kentucky. Governor (1963-1967 : Breathitt); Kentucky. Governor (1967-1971 : Nunn); Martin County (Ky.); Nunn, Louie B., 1924-2004

00:07:07 - Viewpoints and players in Kentucky's anti-poverty movement

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Partial Transcript: Now you've gone from being an observer of ----------(??) to now being...

Segment Synopsis: Frazier talks about the different viewpoints and major players involved in Kentucky's anti-poverty movement.

Keywords: Allocation of resources; Anti-poverty movement; Appalachian Volunteers (AVs); Community Action Projects; Eastern Kentucky Appalachian; Local power structure; Local wealth base; Mary Jane Dunn; Politics; War on Poverty; Western Kentucky

Subjects: Kentucky--Economic conditions; Kentucky--Rural conditions.; Perkins, Carl Dewey, 1912-1984

00:16:55 - Relationship between Kentucky's government and the federal government

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Partial Transcript: Now that's--this is one of the things that I wanted to ask you particularly...

Segment Synopsis: Frazier talks about the strained relationship between local and state officials in Kentucky and officials from the federal government in regard to the War on Poverty.

Keywords: Allocation of funds; Anti-poverty movement; Appalachian Volunteers (AVs); Community development; Division; Highlander Folk School; Ideologies; Local anti-poverty staff; Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO); Private funding; Training

Subjects: Perkins, Carl Dewey, 1912-1984

00:23:37 - Louie B. Nunn's involvement in the War on Poverty

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Partial Transcript: So when Louie Nunn becomes governor is there a, uh, a, uh, decided shift in how the state of Kentucky...

Segment Synopsis: Fraizer talks various aspects of Louie B. Nunn's time as governor, including his handling of the war on poverty within the state. [The end of the segment includes general conversation.]

Keywords: "Mule incident"; Anti-poverty programs; Appalachian Region Research and Defense Fund; Breathitt administration; Community Action Agencies; Controversy; Economic development; Hollis West; Ideology; Kentucky State hospital; Local; Management; Middle Kentucky; Political influence; Treva (??) Hall; Turner family machine

Subjects: Breathitt, Edward T., 1924-; Economic assistance, Domestic--United States.; Kentucky. Governor (1967-1971 : Nunn); Mental health laws--Kentucky; Nunn, Louie B., 1924-2004; Reagan, Ronald.

00:43:33 - Decline in the anti-poverty movement

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Partial Transcript: Alright so uh, you work until the Ford administration...

Segment Synopsis: Frazier talks about the decline of the federal anti-poverty movement and subsequent de-funding of anti-poverty programs in Kentucky.

Keywords: Anti-poverty programs; Decline; Decreased funding; Manpower training; Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO); Stanton Woodcraft

Subjects: Ford, Wendell H., 1924-; Powell County (Ky.)

00:50:07 - Reflecting on the War on Poverty in Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: What do you believe to be the, the overall legacy of the War on Poverty?

Segment Synopsis: Fraizer talks about the legacy of and impact of the War on Poverty in Kentucky. He also shares what aspect of the War on Poverty he would focus on if he was writing a book about the War on Poverty.

Keywords: Anti-poverty programs; Community; Impact; Legacies; Positives; Reflections

Subjects: Economic assistance, Domestic--Appalachian Region