• Hunting Island CCC boys at school house, Beaufort, S.C.

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    Hunting Island CCC boys at school house, Beaufort, S.C.
    • Date
    • 1940
    • Creator
    • Salvo, Edgar E.
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    • Creative Commons Atrribution 3.0 License
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    • Clemson University Libraries; South Carolina State Parks; South Carolina Digital Library

  • Food Pantry, CCC Camp F-11, Company 959.

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    Civilian Conservation Corps--Ferron--Camp F-11 Company 959--Food Pantry
    • Date
    • 1935
    • Description
    • Pantry_shelves_filled_with_food_was an_unusual_sight_during_the_Depression. In_cities_all_across_America_people_stood_in_bread_lines_hoping_to_get_a_bite_to_eat. In_Emery_County_people_raised_their_own_beef_and_produceand_fared_better_than those in t... more
      Pantry_shelves_filled_with_food_was an_unusual_sight_during_the_Depression. In_cities_all_across_America_people_stood_in_bread_lines_hoping_to_get_a_bite_to_eat. In_Emery_County_people_raised_their_own_beef_and_produceand_fared_better_than those in the_cities, but_no_home_had_shelves_that_looked_like_these_shown_here in a_pantry_of a_CCC_Camp_in_Emery_County. The_young_men_were_fed_three_good_meals_a_day_including_dessert. Theaverage_weight_gain_was_12_lbs_the_first_month_in the_CCC_camps. 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

  • CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) boys at work, Prince George's County, Maryland.

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    CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) boys at work, Prince George's County, Maryland
    • Date
    • 1935-08
    • Creator
    • Mydans, Carl
    • 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)

The majority of people employed during this time were young men. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) hired nearly three million young men between the ages seventeen and twenty-three to dig ditches, plant trees, fight fires, and build reservoirs, creating the foundation for the nation’s national and state parks. The men lived communally in camps designed after army barracks and were fed three meals a day.

For their labor, they were paid $1 per day, two-thirds of which was automatically sent back to their homes. In addition to the hard labor, the men participated in sports and hobby clubs, as well as classes to help them prepare to get jobs once they left the CCC. 

About 250,000 African American men were employed by the CCC, with membership limits restricted to ten percent of the total workforce. They worked in segregated companies, but performed the same duties as their white counterparts, often under greater scrutiny and dealing with harsh racial bias by their supervisors.

“The National Parks -- Episode 5: Great Nature” Public Broadcasting Service. http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/history/ep5/3/