• Two CCC Buddies, Camp F-11 Company 959.

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    Civilian Conservation Corps -- Ferron -- Camp F-11 Company 959 -- Owen Price -- Two CCC Buddies
    • Date
    • 1935
    • Creator
    • Price,_Owen
    • Description
    • The Civilian Conservation Corps took young men from ages 18 - 22 years old. The average age nation wide was 18.5 years, so they were referred to as the CCC Boys. One former member recalls, "They must have hadwarehouses full of Army surplus unifo... more
      The Civilian Conservation Corps took young men from ages 18 - 22 years old. The average age nation wide was 18.5 years, so they were referred to as the CCC Boys. One former member recalls, "They must have hadwarehouses full of Army surplus uniforms, and it was one size fits all." Another remembers, "It seems like they always gave you a size bigger than you needed. If you complained about it, they would say, 'Dont worryabout it, you're going to grow into it.'" The CCC was started during the Great Depression, so most of these boys had not been fed three meals a day, especially with dessert each day. The average weight gain per boy was 12 lbs. the first month. less
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    • Digital image c2009 Emery County Archives. All rights reserved.
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    • Emery_County_Archives; Mountain West Digital Library
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    • Emery County (UT) Archives
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    • Sherratt_Library,_Southern_Utah_University,_Cedar_City,_Utah

  • Strawberry bed in garden of agricultural worker living at the FSA (Farm Security Administration) farm workers community. Gridley, California.

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    Strawberry bed in garden of agricultural worker living at the FSA (Farm Security Administration) farm workers community. Gridley, California
    • Date
    • 1942-06
    • Creator
    • Lee, Russell, 1903-1986
    • Rights
    • No known restrictions. For information, see U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black & White Photographs(http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/071_fsab.html)
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    • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
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    • Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

  • WPA (Work Projects Administration) worker. Chicago, Illinois.

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    WPA (Work Projects Administration) worker. Chicago, Illinois
    • Date
    • 1941-04
    • Creator
    • Lee, Russell, 1903-1986
    • Rights
    • No known restrictions. For information, see U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black & White Photographs(http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/071_fsab.html)
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    • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
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    • Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

Providing temporary employment through relief and recovery programs was a pivotal element of the New Deal. During the 1930’s, the Civil Works Administration (CWA), Work Projects Administration (WPA), and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employed millions of people. Citizens were employed in all sorts of different work projects, from manual labor such as building roads and bridges, to artistic projects like painting public murals and putting on local theater. Although not enough to put an end to unemployment, these programs went a long way in keeping millions of Americans off the streets.