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At Work in Penn's Woods: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Pennsylvania (Keystone Books)

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The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the most popular programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Over the nine years of the program, from 1933 to 1942, over two and one-half million unemployed young men found work on conservation projects across Depression-stricken America. “Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” as the CCC men were sometimes called, planted billions of trees, fought forest fires, did historic preservation work, and constructed recreational facilities in state and national parks. At Work in Penn’s Woods offers a rich and compelling portrait of Pennsylvania’s CCC program.

In Pennsylvania the CCC had one of its largest and most successful programs. The state recruited the second-highest number of workers and had the second-highest number of work camps in the country. Gifford Pinchot, perhaps the most famed conservationist of the first half of the twentieth century, was governor of the state in 1933, and his state foresters were well prepared to make use of the abundant labor the CCC made available to them. The Pennsylvania CCC men planted over 60 million trees in a state that had been scarred by clear-cut logging, rampant forest fires, and destructive tree diseases. They also worked at creating and upgrading state park recreational facilities; some of the camps did historic preservation work at Gettysburg, Hopewell Village, and Fort Necessity. A dozen camps provided assistance to farmers on soil conservation projects.

Aside from conservation work, the CCC program also played another important role in providing relief assistance to Pennsylvania’s families in need. The men were paid $30 a month, but usually $22–25 of that was sent home to their families, who were often on relief and in need of the extra money their sons earned. In their free time the men were given the opportunity to take courses in a variety of academic and vocational subjects to train them for life after the CCC. At Work in Penn’s Woods, the first comprehensive study of Pennsylvania’s CCC program, combines administrative history with portraits of many of the men who worked in the camps. Speakman draws on archival research in primary sources, including some source collections never used before, and on interviews with former CCC men.

About the Author

Joseph M. Speakman is Professor of History at Montgomery County Community College near Philadelphia. The inspiration for the book came from conversations Speakman had with his father, who served in Pennsylvania's CCC in 1933–34.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The First Year of the CCC in Pennsylvania

2. Enrolling Pennsylvania Men for the CCC

3. The CCC in Penn’s Woods

4. African-Americans in Penn’s Woods

5. Farewell to the Woods

Appendix 1: CCC Camps in Pennsylvania, 1933–1942

Appendix 2: CCC Work Projects in Pennsylvania

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271062402
Author:
Speakman, Joseph M.
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Subject:
0-271-02876-9
Subject:
At Work in Penn s Woods
Subject:
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Pennsylvania
Subject:
Joseph M. Speakman
Subject:
Keystone book
Subject:
CCC
Subject:
Civilian Conservation Corps
Subject:
Roosevelt
Subject:
Tree Army
Subject:
Gifford Pinchot
Subject:
Gettysburg
Subject:
Hopewell Village
Subject:
Fort Necessity
Subject:
Pennsylvania
Subject:
New Deal
Subject:
978-0-271-06240-2
Subject:
Keystone
Subject:
Depression
Subject:
Hundred Days
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
45, 44 illustrations/1 map
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
1 x 9.5 x 7.25 in 1.4 oz

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