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JFK Announces the Creation of the Peace Corps


At his fifth news conference, Kennedy announced his signing of an executive order creating the Peace Corps, one of his signature initiatives of the 1960 campaign. The news conference was held in the State Department Auditorium.
March 1, 1961 | 10 AM
Universal Newsreel
National Archives
200-UN-34-19
Black & White
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KENNEDY LAUNCHES PEACE CORPS: At his news conference, President Kennedy announces the creation of a “Peace Corps” to enlist American men and women for voluntary unpaid service to help the developing countries of the world.