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

By Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

The state used to be strong and wealthy, the president used to be full of life and younger, and a convinced iteration was once collecting its forces to check the recent Frontier. The chilly conflict used to be good lower than approach, but when you'll simply, because the music 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 a world scale. Traversing 4 many years 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 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 obstacle of U.S. overseas coverage: find out how to reconcile the imperatives and temptations of strength politics with the beliefs of freedom and self-determination for all international locations. All you wish Is Love follows the fight to stability the tensions among those values from the Corps’ first heady days less than Sargent Shriver and past to the wondering years of the Vietnam battle, while the Peace Corps was once accused of being window dressing for imperialism. It follows the Peace Corps over the years whilst volunteering dropped off―and eventually into its renewed attractiveness amid the common conviction that the Peace Corps preserves the nation’s best traditions. With shiny tales from back volunteers of unique areas and daunting situations, this is often an engrossing account of the successes and screw ups of this distinct 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 such a lot helped the nations that got its volunteers, or even if its better carrier was once to the USA and its feel of nationwide identification and project.

Show description

Read Online or Download All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s PDF

Best social services & welfare books

Beyond Tolerance: Child Pornography Online

Maybe not anything inspires extra common disgust as baby pornography. the realm of its makers and clients is so abhorrent that it's infrequently mentioned less studied. baby pornographers have taken benefit of this and are effectively utilizing the hot digital media to interchange their wares with out detection or major sanction.

The Boundaries of Welfare: European Integration and the New Spatial Politics of Social Solidarity

This well timed quantity via one of many best possible specialists at the european bargains an cutting edge research of the impression of the european on welfare states at either the nationwide and neighborhood point. Given the EU's expanding impression on welfare states, this significant new assertion is poised to make a thrilling and critical contribution to present coverage debates.

Democracy and the Welfare State

The essays during this quantity discover the ethical foundations and the political customers of the welfare country within the usa. one of the questions addressed are the subsequent: Has public help for the welfare kingdom pale? Can a democratic nation supply welfare with out generating dependency on welfare?

The languages and linguistics of Europe : a comprehensive guide

''The Languages and Linguistics of Europe: A complete consultant is a part of the multi-volume reference paintings at the languages and linguistics of the continents of the area. The booklet offers profiles of the language households of Europe, together with the signal languages. It additionally discusses the the areal typology, being attentive to the traditional common ecu, Balkan, Baltic and Mediterranean convergence components.

Extra info for All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s

Sample text

And] the white man has not always been just," an Asian character explained in The Ugly American. " In addition to its appeal to issues of national purpose, world unity, and race, the Peace Corps idea fit with contemporary fears about assaults on individualism. The belief that individualism had declined with the end" of the frontier helped to fuel the debate over American identity. But this concern was by no means confined to the United 30 All You Need Is Love States. The works of European existentialists like Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus and moralists like Martin Buber, Paul Tillich, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer were widely read on college campuses throughout the Western world.

But the successes of capitalism, more striking in the United States than anywhere else, had eliminated the need to strive against nature. According to Riesman, who became an advisor for the Peace Corps, "in a centralized and bureaucratized society and a world shrunken and agitated by the contact ... of races, nations, and cultures ... other people are the problem, not the material environment. "20 The need to get along and go along in the neighborhood, in the university, and in the corporation took increasing precedence over other skills.

The Peace Corps should field 5,000 to 10,000 volunteers the first year. "6 "A Towering Task" was music indeed to Sargent Shriver's ears. Shriver opened the first meeting of the presidential task force on February 6, 1961, by asking everyone in attendance to take a moment to read the proposal. Wiggins and Josephson, previously unknown to anyone else present, became central to the organization in that moment.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.99 of 5 – based on 38 votes