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Peace Corps FantasiesHow Development Shaped the Global Sixties$
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Molly Geidel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692217

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692217.001.0001

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Bringing the Peace Corps Home

Bringing the Peace Corps Home

Development in the Black Freedom Movement

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Peace Corps Fantasies

Molly Geidel

University of Minnesota Press

Following the paths of development workers and discourses as they returned home, the fourth and fifth chapters argue that the Peace Corps and modernization theory guided the vision and strategy of 1960s U.S. social movements, particularly in the later sixties as those movements attempted to become more internationalist and explicitly ideological. Tracing the connections between the War on Poverty, of which Sargent Shriver was the founding director, and the black liberation movement as it transformed from civil rights to Black Power, chapter 4 investigates how the civil rights and Black Power movements were influenced by liberal modernization theory and the ideal of heroic development work.

Keywords:   development workers, modernization theory, Peace Corps, social movements, internationalism, Sargent Shriver, black libertarian movement, Black Power, heroic development work

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