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Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground
2010 Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground
Its critics called it "naive idealism." In the 1950s, the United States' answer to the global spread of Communism had been military strength and monetary aid to prop up nations friendly to the U.S., including dictators and other authoritarian governments. That changed late one chilly night on the campus of the University of Michigan when Democratic candidate for president, John F. Kennedy, challenged students to help the world. He called it the Peace Corps. In "Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground" you'll hear from some of the students who took on Kennedy's challenge and the White House staff who helped make it reality.