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The Rebel in the Red Jeep: Ken Hechler's Life in West Virginia Politics Paperback – June 1, 2017
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From the Back Cover
This biography recounts a century of accomplishments, from Hechler’s introduction of innovative teaching methods at major universities, to his work as a speechwriter and researcher for President Harry Truman, and finally to his time representing West Virginia in the US House of Representatives and as the secretary of state.
In West Virginia, where he resisted mainstream political ideology, Hechler was the principal architect behind the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 and constantly battled big coal, strip-mining, and fellow politicians alike. He and his signature red jeep remain a fixture in West Virginia. Since 2004, Hechler has campaigned against mountaintop removal mining. He was arrested for trespassing during a protest in 2009 at the age of 94.
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Paperback : 344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1943665613
- ISBN-13 : 978-1943665617
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Publisher : West Virginia University Press; 1st Edition (June 1, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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