The Big Lever: Party Politics in Leslie County, KY materials, c.1981

Sub-Series ap.afc.05.06

Extent
130 Film containers
129 Audio tapes
12 Video cassettes
10 Photo prints
2 Boxes
Part of: Appalshop Films Collection, 1969-2015 > Series V. Appalshop Films, 1978-1983 > The Big Lever: Party Politics in Leslie County, KY materials, c.1981
Scope and Contents
Contains materials related to the color documentary The Big Lever: Party Politics in Leslie County, Kentucky , a 1982 release. The film explores the machinations of party politics in rural Leslie County, Kentucky.   It documents local candidates' hollow to hollow vote-hunting; family arguments over candidates; patronage promises; speech-making on courthouse steps; and the up-and- down career of the incumbent County Judge-Executive George Wooten, who sought re-election while under indictment for vote fraud conspiracy.   Richard Nixon chose Leslie County for his first public appearance after resigning the presidency, and the film includes footage of this visit.  Subjects include politics and government in the Appalachian region, public opinion and social life and customs.
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