Interview with Lynn Frazier, November 9, 1990

Project: Appalachia: War On Poverty Oral History Project

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Lynn Frazier is the former head of the Kentucky State Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). He was born in Crittenden County in western Kentucky. A former editor of the Owenton News Herald and a speechwriter for Governor Edward T. Breathitt, Frazier secured a position in Governor Louie B. Nunn's administration as special assistant for Manpower and for federal programs which included the Office of Economic Opportunity.

Frazier discusses the political aspects of the War on Poverty. He states that the resources that came into eastern Kentucky were not applied well. Frazier describes the politics of the War on Poverty at the local and the national level. He talks about working for Gov. Nunn and recalls having to explain the purpose of the Appalachian Regional Research and Defense Fund to him. Frazier states that Nunn wanted to make sure that the money was well spent, and recalls how Nunn attempted to exert control over the anti-poverty agencies. Frazier worked through Governor Wendell H. Ford's first legislative session when Ford replaced him with a political supporter.

Frazier secured a position as a Community Action Program (CAP) director after he left state government. He established a manpower training program, and states that a large percentage of people who went through the program were successful in getting jobs and staying employed. Frazier describes other results of the War on Poverty including the advancement of women who received training as teachers' aides through the Head Start program. Yet, the lasting legacy of the War on Poverty, according to Frazier, is the hope that it brought to a lot of people.

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1990oh290_app282

Interviewee Name

Lynn Frazier

Interviewer Name

John Glen

Interview Date

1990-11-09

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Frazier, Lynn Interview by John Glen. 09 Nov. 1990. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Frazier, L. (1990, November 09). Interview by J. Glen. Appalachia: War On Poverty Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Frazier, Lynn, interview by John Glen. November 09, 1990, Appalachia: War On Poverty Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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