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Two CCC Buddies, Camp F-11 Company 959.

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.