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All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

By Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

The country was once robust and wealthy, 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 battle was once good below approach, but when you may simply, because the tune 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 folk and politics in the back of it's a attention-grabbing examine American idealism at paintings amid the demanding political realities of the second one 1/2 the 20 th century.

greater than the other entity, the Peace Corps broached an age-old hassle of U.S. international coverage: the way to reconcile the imperatives and temptations of energy politics with the beliefs of freedom and self-determination for all international locations. All you would like Is Love follows the fight to stability the tensions among those values from the Corps' first heady days below Sargent Shriver and past to the wondering years of the Vietnam conflict, 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 ultimately into its renewed recognition amid the common conviction that the Peace Corps preserves the nation's best traditions.

With brilliant tales from again volunteers of unique locations and daunting situations, this is often an engrossing account of the successes and screw ups of this special governmental association, and of the geopolitics and private convictions that underpin it. after all, the query that's so much compelling is whether or not the Peace Corps such a lot helped the international locations that obtained its volunteers, or even if its larger carrier used to be to the US and its feel of nationwide id and project.

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And concern for the concept of the international community. "41 The young and youngish people who started the volunteer movement were highly conscious of themselves as part of a postwar generation. Modern means of destruction made isolation a thing of the past; world unity was the only alternative. Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms-freedom from fear, 24 All You Need Is Love freedom from want, freedom of speech, and freedom of worshipwhich he announced in 1941 as the founding principles of the "united nations," heralded a policy commitment to universalism.

By applying the methods of science to human relations we can eliminate ... obstacles to consensus and create an equilibrium in which society's needs and the needs of the individual are one and the same. " It foreshadowed the guerrilla tactics of the next decade. s. fears about the nature of communism. In Red Nightmare) a 1953 Warner Brothers film produced for the Department of Defense, the gravelly voiced narrator punishes the protagonist Jack Kelly with a communist nightmare for his failure to participate in the voluntary organizations that supposedly guarantee American liberty-the Boy Scouts, his union, the Army Reserve, the parent-teacher association, and so on.

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. The Peace Corps, in contrast, would recruit volunteers from "every race and walk of life," train them to speak the languages of the people, and concentrate them in the third world where they would build goodwill.

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