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Voices from the Peace CorpsFifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers$
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Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813129754

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813129754.001.0001

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Postscript: Our Story

Postscript: Our Story

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(p.327) Postscript: Our Story
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Voices from the Peace Corps
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Angene Wilson

Jack Wilson

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813129754.003.0012

The authors of this book, Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson, were Peace Corps volunteers themselves. When they were idealistic seniors at The College of Wooster in Ohio in March 1961, John F. Kennedy's inaugural address excited them about seeing the other parts of the world, traveling, learning about other cultures, and serving. Their experiences influenced them to join the Peace Corps. They were moved by a testimony given by the participants who advocated civil rights in Greensboro, North Carolina. As soon as the Peace Corps was established, they applied at the same time as they planned to get married in the August of that year. After their honeymoon in early September, they received a telegram that asked them to report for training at Pennsylvania State University as they were going to be sent to the Philippines. While their acceptance had to be deferred, they were later assigned to Liberia. This chapter provides information about the training, living, stories, friends, and other such aspects of their Peace Corps experience and how their experience let them both to make a difference.

Keywords:   Angene Wilson, Jack Wilson, Liberia, College of Wooster, civil rights, Peace Corps experience

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