Civilian Conservation Corps: Beginnings
At the end of 1929 the United States of America was hit by what has been substantially the largest economic crisis of the country. This has been recognized as being The Great Depression, where over 25% of United States citizens were unemployed, many without homes, and many without hope. After 4 years of citizens struggling to find work, in March of 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated New Deal programs, which focused on creating opportunities for the citizens of the United States (History.com)..
On this webpage there will be a focus on the first of these New Deal programs, the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Civilian Conservation Corps was created to put young men, ages 17-28 to work on improving the environment of the nation, which had declined drastically due to the Dust Bowl. There were more than two thousand, six hundred camps scattered around the nation, employing 3 million young men (History.com).
The collaborative camps built wildlife shelters, stocked rivers and lakes fish, built parks, planted trees, and worked hard to rejuvenate nature and the state parks we have known it for the past 80 years (History.com).
Not only were these hard working men giving hope back the environment, they were giving hope back to their families. Each man was paid $30 a month, but was required to send $25 of it home to his family, to help raise the economy around the nation (History.com)
As many government funded programs often do, in 1942, the Civilian Conservation Corps came to an end. Financial allocations that had been used to keep these men working were transferred to World War II efforts after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Fortunately for us, we still reap the benefits of the hard-working young men today through the parks we visit, the oxygen we breathe, and the hope they restored(Craig).