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Out in the RuralA Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty$
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Thomas J. Ward Jr. and H. Jack Geiger

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190624620

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624620.001.0001

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Conflict and Change

Conflict and Change

6 Conflict and Change
Out in the Rural

Thomas J. Ward

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The health center faced opposition from its inception, and while Geiger had anticipated the white resistance, unexpected tensions with leaders of the black community proved to just as disruptive to the center. Frustrated by both conflict with local leaders and cuts to federal funding under the Nixion administration, Tufts University withdrew its support of the center in 1970. The State University of New York picked up the grant, but the OEO soon ordered that the health center be merged with the Mound Bayou Community Hospital, and all university affiliations were severed. The center’s founders then all moved on to other pursuits, and the new Delta Hospital and Health Center, Inc., came under control of a new board controlled by Mound Bayou traditional leaders.

Keywords:   Racism, budget cuts, War on Poverty, Great Society, Mississippi

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