American Experience

Season 22 Episode 1

The Civilian Conservation Corps

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 02, 2009 on PBS
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The Civilian Conservation Corps
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One part of a special series of American Experience episodes (promoted as "The 1930s") that re-packages previous broadcasts and adds original programming in order to examine the United States in crisis during the Great Depression. This episode is a new broadcast.

FDR establishes a back-to-work program that generates employment and addresses some of the nation's environmental needs.moreless
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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • One of the major concerns about the Civilian Conservations Corps (and other "New Deal" projects) was that it shifted the focus away from existing businesses and created new endeavours that were only sustainable by taxpayer dollars.

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      • Jonathan Alter (writer): Roosevelt believed that work was ultimately more important than relief. He wanted to put people to work as quickly as possible. The Civilian Conservation Corps was really the first of several job programs that Roosevelt developed, but the "CCC" was very close to his heart.

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      • Unlike the other installments in the "1930s" series, this episode is a new production and is a first airing. It focuses on four members of the Corps who recollect their experiences.

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