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What is the Civilian Conservation Corps?
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"I propose to create a civilian conservation corps to be used in forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control and similar projects . . . More important, however, than the material gains from their labors will be the moral and spiritual value of such work." FDR's message to 73rd Congress, March 21, 1933
During the 1930s under the Franklin Roosevelt administration, one of many three-letter programs, collectively referred to as the Alphabet Soup, was the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The CCC recruited young men and WW1 War Veterans for work on conservation projects in national, state, municipal parks, forests and elsewhere. They lived on site in camps similar to those of the military in the field.
The CCC demonstrated that there was absolutely no conflict between the preservation of the environment and the creation of jobs! It was the most successful federal work program in history, and the government's most lasting environmental effort as well.
The CCC was a very worthwhile project not only for the good of the country but also for the lasting benefit it provided for the men involved, who would have otherwise have been unemployed during our worst depression.
If we care about equality of opportunity, we should invest in proven programs that keep young people in school and out of prison.
We have a chance to bring these programs back after 70 years of hibernation. This legislation should be shepherded by the President in Congress to re-establish the CCC and the WPA.
The The 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act [H.R.494] sponsored by Ohio Representative Marcy Kaptur, will put to work unemployed and underemployed civilians to advance useful public works projects aimed at safeguarding our natural resources and developing new transportation and infrastructure and be on hand for national defense and for disaster relief.Source(s): www.wecantakeit.org