THE ADMINISTRATION: Getting It All Together In the Name of Action

During the 1960 presidential campaign, Richard Nixon said that John Kennedy's proposed Peace Corps sounded like "a haven for draft dodgers." More recently, a poverty-program official in the Nixon Administration sneered at VISTA, the Peace Corps' domestic counterpart: "The day that Lady Bountiful comes down from Scarsdale for a day of good works in Harlem is over."

The Nixon Administration in 1970 abolished occupational draft deferments, including those for VISTA and Peace Corps volunteers. Possibly to conciliate the young, however belatedly, Nixon used a speech at the University of Nebraska nine months...

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