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Introduction

THOMAS KIFFMEYER

in Reformers to Radicals

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125091
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135175 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125091.003.0001
Introduction

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During the 1960s, President Kennedy's inauguration speech challenged the youth to do something for the country. As this speech inspired many, several activists joined the Appalachian volunteers (AVs) which served as an antipoverty organization. After Kennedy' inauguration, the AVs had to face accusations that their visions and actions were “un-American” and somewhat rebellious. During this period, several people felt frustration regarding the reform effort involvings another “New Deal” for Appalachia. Although Kennedy did not fulfill what he promised during his campaign, the Appalachian volunteers was one of the first programs that the War on Poverty funded towards a “Great Society.” This endeavor was also supported by other groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) which comprised of black students and the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) which comprised of Northern white students.

Keywords: President Kennedy; Appalachian Volunteers; Appalachia; War on Poverty; New Deal; SNCC; SDS

Chapter.  5735 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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