The New Deal

Civilian Conservation Corps- CCC

What was the purpose?

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was made in March 1933. The CCC was one of the first new deal programs that the new president Franklin D. Roosevelt set. The CCC was a public working project intended to promote environmental conservation and to build good citizens through hard work and disciplined in outdoor labor. This was made to try to relieve men of being jobless due to the Great Depression.

When did the CCC exist and how long?

The Civilian Conservation Corps existed through March 1933 to June 1942. Congress voted to eliminate the project, this vote came sucessful and the project was ended.

How did the CCC effect people?

When the CCC was started the intention was to relieve the rural unemployed and keep the kids off the streets. The CCC was controlled by the army. Camp commanders had powers over "corpsmen", the workers, and were required to address anyone superior by "sir." By September 1935 over 500,000 men were living in the CCC camps. These men planted tree, dug canals and ditches, built over 30,000 wildfire shelters, stocked rivers and lakes with fish, restored historic battlefields, and cleared beaches and campgrounds. Overall in less than 10 years the CCC built more than 800 parks and planted nearly 3 billion trees nationwide. This act effected people by getting their minds off the depression and getting them back into work. It expanded our nation as a whole and helped to bring us out of the depression. The CCC had a nondiscriminatory policy, but did lack giving fair work to blacks. The black participation reached 10% by 1936.


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