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‘They Have Been Given a Chance’: The US Civilian Conservation Corps

Desmond King

in In The Name of Liberalism

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296294
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599668 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296290.003.0009
 ‘They Have Been Given a Chance’: The US Civilian Conservation Corps

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Examines the use of work camps in the US, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), as a mechanism to address unemployment in the 1930s. Beginning with a brief overview of the origins and establishment of the CCC, King provides an account of these camps at work: the ways in which the Corps was made compatible with traditional US political values as well as how attempts to make it permanent were thwarted. In addition, King underlines the racial dimension of the Corps’ organization and activities, while exploring the implications of the federal government's segregationist arrangements.

Keywords: Civilian Conservation Corps; federal government; political values; race; segregation; unemployment; USA; work camps

Chapter.  16573 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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