History of National Service in the USA

Joana Ramos, Brasil 73-75

While fact-checking the article on WSPCA’s name, I came across some very interesting articles about the recent history of US national service. You might like to take a look at the chapters on Peace Corps and VISTA, as well as the rest of A History of National Service in America, Peter Shapiro, Ed. (Center for Political Leadership and Participation, 1994) now available online at: http://www.academy.umd.edu/publications/NationalService/vista.htm

Also of note is the VISTA Living History website, which contains the article Brief History of VISTA, describing its philosophical origins derived from the Civil Rights Movement, the War on Poverty, and the Peace Corps. See: http://www.friendsofvista.org/living/about.html