By Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
The country used to be robust and filthy rich, the president used to be full of life and younger, and a convinced iteration was once amassing its forces to check the recent Frontier. The chilly conflict used to be good less than approach, but when you may simply, because the track went, "put a bit love on your heart," then "the international will be a greater place." The Peace Corps, conceived within the can-do spirit of the sixties, embodied America's lengthy pursuit of ethical management on an international scale. Traversing 4 a long time and 3 continents, this tale of the Peace Corps and the folks and politics in the back of it's a attention-grabbing examine American idealism at paintings amid the challenging political realities of the second one half the 20th century.
greater than the other entity, the Peace Corps broached an age-old issue of U.S. overseas coverage: the best way to reconcile the imperatives and temptations of energy politics with the beliefs of freedom and self-determination for all countries. All you wish Is Love follows the fight to stability the tensions among those values from the Corps' first heady days lower than Sargent Shriver and past to the wondering years of the Vietnam warfare, while the Peace Corps was once accused of being window dressing for imperialism. It follows the Peace Corps over the years while volunteering dropped off--and eventually into its renewed attractiveness amid the frequent conviction that the Peace Corps preserves the nation's best traditions.
With bright tales from back volunteers of unique areas and daunting situations, this can be an engrossing account of the successes and screw ups of this targeted governmental association, and of the geopolitics and private convictions that underpin it. finally, the query that's such a lot compelling is whether or not the Peace Corps so much helped the international locations that acquired its volunteers, or no matter if its larger provider was once to the USA and its experience of nationwide identification and challenge.
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For Americans, and perhaps especially for males of the period, existentialism resonated as well with the notion of proving oneself. Since the frontier was gone and since weapons of mass destruction seemed to make war unthinkable, other opportunities for acting manfully had to be manufactured. The historian William Chafe notes that many of postwar America's cultural themes "derived from the broader, philosophical underpinnings of existentialist philosophers and their followers. People as diverse as Humphrey Bogart, Jackson Pollack, James Dean, and Camus shared in common the image of trying to understand chaos .
The day after the inaugural, Kennedy called Shriver to ask him to head a presidential task force that would recommend how to fashion the new program. Shriver, who had grown up in segregated Maryland, earned a law degree at Yale, and worked as a businessman in Chicago, was familiar with America's many moods. Like his Kennedy brothersin-law, his style was buoyant, self-deprecating, and hard-driving. With shrewd political instincts, Shriver had become a key assistant to the president on sensitive matters.
S. "59 At the top of the Peace Corps' list of implicit goals was to show skeptical observers from the new nations that Americans were not monsters. Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver took his cue from John Kennedy's Cow Palace address at which, shortly after the speech in Ann Arbor, he had pledged himself to start the Peace Corps. That night in November 1960 Kennedy delivered a stinging critique of the State Department. Seventy percent of its new foreign service officers had no foreign language training whatsoever; it had neglected the newly independent nations of the world; less than 1 percent of all its officers were black.
All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman