American Experience: Civilian Conservation Corps
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I loved the long unseen images, stories of those that were "just poor" in these times of soup kitchens, and our great depression, and what was "done about it." Learning of society through the words of ordinary people was brilliant to carry this film's story. It fits, you are narrated through the many voices, through how it felt to be there, how getting that work in the CCC offered hope and put desperate people into productive solutions. Dad always said something I heard here, it was as close to a possible revolution as he ever wanted to come to in our country. If you watch these times and how Roosevelt responded, the forces that opposed it, how the CCC came to be, it's there.
People were reduced so low, this shows you this and builds a compassionate response. That is there too and what might have been, and how it was going in countries across the oceans too, that is there. In the film someone says the seeds were there to bring the country into complete revolt....against this we see what FDR built, this film shows what can be. It seems so relevant now-and I propose it is what we need now.Read more ›
I played it for him yesterday and it was worth the price of admission. I saw it on channel 11 PBS program.
Thank you so much. This was an american experience that has been forgotten. It really shows the wisdom beyond his years (FDR).
Thank you again.
Agriculturally, we face GMO tragedies, epic use of pesticides and an economic infrastructure that has disabled most farms from operating without subsidies. While not at 25% as in the 30's, unemployment is unacceptably high. To watch this program makes one ache for another such undertaking and turnaround here in the United States.
Additionally, it is amazing to look at the number of CCC camps that were in every state in the nation (42 here in Vermont, 108 in Michigan....) where otherwise unemployed, literally starving young men were working in fair conditions, making a fair wage and being well fed and cared for. If you go out and enjoy state parks, hiking trails and other natural wonders, know that most of it was created by this incredible effort.
I found this movie uplifting and very interesting to watch.
But it never dawned on me before, these 2 to 3 million men (18- 25 years of age) - working for $30/month on 3 'square meals' per day -- were our countries "first environmentalists". The word itself -- "environment" -- didn't even exist until Franklin Delano Roosevelt stepped up to the plate as our enlightened president.
What a heritage he and his men left for future generations -- seeding and salvaging our nation's forests and topsoil & building and conserving places like Camp David and Carlsbad Cavern, along with multiple, memorable state parks and cabins.
Yet perhaps their most significant endowment manifests in a trans-generational 'ethic of conservation' that still abides -- if in need of some inspiration, such as embodied in this instructive documentary. The good news: we've already done it once before.
accepting welfare and thinking that it is beneath their dignity to work (yet not to accept handouts!) I guess it would not work And yet
there is plenty of work that needs to be done. Our parks are understaffed and falling apart. The CCC built and maintained them.
And, when World War II came, there was a body of 3,000,000 physically fit men, used to military training and discipline (the camps
were run by military officers) ready for service. Today, only one in four of our youth could pass a military physical.. All this is showcases in this wonderful tribute to the CCC. Highly recommended!
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My father was in the CCCs just before World War II and spoke of it with great affection. He was one of those that the DVD mentions that lived on the road hopping on and off... Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Jennings
I think the American Experience series is generally great; this DVD was another excellent history lesson for me. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Margo
We get a well organized documentary of the CCC and what it was like to be there. The story of three million men put to work by President Franklin D. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bernie
This was a gift for someone but apparently the recipient is happy with the purchase. When reading about this particular film, it makes me wonder why in this modern day economic... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jennifer
As a History instructor at a community college, this documentary has been a huge hit for the past 4 semesters. Read morePublished 19 months ago by NES
It told the story with many personal accounts of people who were in it. It was one of the best and well rounded accounts of the Civilian Conservation Corps you could possibly get. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Liz
My 93 year old father enjoyed this video very much, he was a big part of this movement. He also said "they got thier facts straight"Published on December 30, 2013 by T Hatton