CCC helped millions in Great Depression: Unemployed worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Dust Bowl-era Kansas

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CCC boys leave a camp in California’s Lassen National Forest to head for home. Similar camps existed in Kansas.

By Tom Emery, Contributor

Few federal government programs today are viewed as efficient and popular, with long-lasting effects.This June marks 80 years since the end of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the enormously successful Depression-era program of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.The CCC put unemployed, impoverished young men to work in forestry, soil conservation, drainage, and public parkland. Known for its quality of work, the imprint of the CCC remains in parks, forests, and farmla...

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