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End of the CCC

Audio recording of Norma Ellis suggesting the cessation of the Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps ended in 1942, after the Japanese air forces dropped bombs on the American naval base of Pearl Harbor.  There was a public outcry to reallocate the funds for the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration, both New Deals programs meant to help America through the Great Depression, to the defense budget (LOC.gov).  Across the country, the focus of the government shifted from providing jobs and education, something the economy could provide without assistance due to the waning of the Great Depression, to providing safety, both by way of the defense budget and army, and the Red Cross, a program that women were allowed to join.  As such, the Civilian Conservation Corps was disbanded in 1942.  The four thousand five hundred camps across forty eight states and Alaska were closed and taken apart, having educated and trained nearly three million young men from ages seventeen through twenty eight (CCCLegacy.org).  

 

End of the CCC