American Idealist

DVD

87 minutes
Source: Americanidealistmovie.org

In the shadow of the war in Vietnam and assassinations and rebellions at home, Sargent Shriver launched a string of social interventions and arguably touched more lives than any leader since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Shriver opened pathways for hundreds of thousands of young people to make a difference through the Peace Corps, VISTA, Head Start, Community Action, and Legal Services for the Poor. His story reveals a forgotten and inspiring side of the Sixties. It reawakens hope for what America can be and do when young people are challenged to act on their ideals.

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