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Samantha Reed Smith, (06/29/1972-08/25/1985) was an American schoolgirl, from Manchester, Maine who became famous during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1982, at age ten, Smith wrote a letter to the newly appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party, Yuri Andropov, and received a personal reply with a personal invitation to visit the Soviet Union, which she accepted.

Smith attracted extensive media attention in both countries as a “Goodwill Ambassador” becoming known as “America’s Youngest Ambassador” and subsequently participating in other peacemaking activities. With the assistance of her father Arthur (an academic), she wrote a book about her visit to the Soviet Union, Journey to the Soviet Union. She was killed at the age

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