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Working for Peace

The concept of volunteers serving abroad on grass-roots foreign aid projects originated in Congress in the late 1950s. In 1961 President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order and Congress recognized it legislatively later that year. The organization promotes peace by providing countries with trained workers to help address problems such as poverty and disease, and by creating closer ties between American volunteers and the people of the communities they serve.

1 Image S. 2000, Peace Corps bill, introduced by Senator Hubert H. Humphrey,... View All Images
2 Images Letter from President Kennedy to Lyndon B. Johnson regarding the... View All Images
1 Image Peace Corps volunteer explaining inoculation of cows, East Pakistan,... View All Images
1 Image "Be about peace," December 1976 View All Images
1 Image Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, ca. 1960s View All Images