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Executive Order 10924 - Establishment of the Peace Corps (1961) and Resource Materials

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    On March 1, 1961, President Kennedy signed this executive order establishing the Peace Corps. On September 22, 1961, Congress approved the legislation that formally authorized the Peace Corps. Goals of the Peace Corps included: 1) helping the people of interested countries and areas meet their needs for trained workers; 2) helping promote a better understanding of Americans in countries where volunteers served; and 3) helping promote a better understanding of peoples of other nations on the part of Americans. This resource group includes 2 primary source images, a background essay and a transcript.

  • Executive Order 10924: Establishment of the Peace Corps (1961): Background Essay

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  • Executive Order 10924: Establishment of the Peace Corps (1961): Transcript

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  • Executive Order 10924 - Establishment of the Peace Corps (1961): Image 1

    This is an image of Executive Order 10924 - Establishment of the Peace Corps. On March 1, 1961, President Kennedy signed this executive order establishing the Peace Corps. On September 22, 1961, Congress approved the legislation that formally authorized the Peace Corps. Goals of the Peace Corps included: 1) helping the people of interested countries and areas meet their needs for trained workers; 2) helping promote a better understanding of Americans in countries where volunteers served; and 3) helping promote a better understanding of peoples of other nations on the part of Americans.

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  • Executive Order 10924 - Establishment of the Peace Corps (1961): Image 2

    This is an additional image of Executive Order 10924 - Establishment of the Peace Corps. On March 1, 1961, President Kennedy signed this executive order establishing the Peace Corps. On September 22, 1961, Congress approved the legislation that formally authorized the Peace Corps. Goals of the Peace Corps included: 1) helping the people of interested countries and areas meet their needs for trained workers; 2) helping promote a better understanding of Americans in countries where volunteers served; and 3) helping promote a better understanding of peoples of other nations on the part of Americans.

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    The National Archives and Records Administration (archives.gov)

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    The National Archives and Records Administration (archives.gov)

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    The National Archives and Records Administration (archives.gov)

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    National Archives

    http://www.ourdocuments.gov

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    The National Archives and Records Administration (archives.gov)

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