As Leanna Sain and her husband celebrated their anniversary in Savannah, Georgia, she was willfully not seeking a writing project. Then, while waiting for a tour bus one morning, a man came “bebopping” down the street speaking in a strange language. His clothing, especially the jester hat with two tails sporting jingle bells at each end, indicated that he was homeless. He stopped to sprinkle a post office box with an invisible substance—“Fairy dust,” thought Sain—and then disappeared into the crowd.
| By Lauren Stepp |
The War on Poverty might just be the longest battle these mountains have ever faced. Officially declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, the campaign has featured artilleries of federal aid and failed bootstrapping ploys that have long surpassed any other skirmishes in the southern campaign. It has waged alongside battles in faraway places like Iraq and Vietnam and outlasted them both. Yet Haywood County native Jasmine Middleton’s private stake in the offensive isn’t as timeworn, stretching back only one generation.
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