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Youngest Ambassador

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This site is dedicated to the life and memory of Samantha Smith, America's youngest ambassador, as well as to the work of the Samantha Smith Foundation.

In November of 1982, at the height of Cold War, Samantha Smith, a 10-year-old girl from Manchester, Maine, wrote to the Soviet leader Yuri Andropov and asked him he was going to wage a nuclear war against the U.S. When an unprecedented response from Andropov arrived, and Samantha received an invitation to visit the USSR, she and her family embarked on a journey that brought the two warring nations closer together.


Sadly, Samantha died three years later, on a rainy August night in 1985 when the commercial plane she was in crashed killing all aboard. 


America's Youngest Ambassador: The Cold War Story of Samantha Smith's Lasting Message of Peace by Lena Nelson (Down East Books) is now available! Order your copy today!

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