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Late at night, at the University of Michigan, John Kennedy asked a large, waiting group of students if they were ready to work overseas, on modest terms, living with the people they worked among, if they were ready to give two years of their lives to such work in the developing nations. […] After the election, we received more letters asking to join the Peace Corps, which was […] just an idea, than we received asking for jobs for all other agencies in the Government put together. The President and Congress saw the daylight, and went through the hole. They decided to try, and it worked.