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What was the purpose of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the New Deal?

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cenicienta | Valedictorian

Posted March 25, 2011 at 2:45 AM via web

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What was the purpose of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the New Deal?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2011 at 2:52 AM (Answer #1)

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The main purpose of the CCC was to get young men back to work during the Depression.  The CCC had the added benefit of doing things that were helpful in forests and such, but that was not the main purpose.  The main purpose was to create jobs for young men.

For example, my grandfather was a "local experienced man" in a CCC camp in Idaho.  The bulk of the men in the camp were brought to Idaho from New Jersey.  Their main job was killing noxious weeds in the national forest.  This was beneficial to the health of the forest, but it was not particularly necessary.  What was more necessary was giving the young men jobs and giving the country more of a sense of hope and purpose.

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