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The Tree Army: A Pictorial History of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942 Revised Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 0933126115
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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co.; Revised edition (June 2, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933126115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933126114
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've visited many National or even State Parks, you more than likely have observed and benefited from the efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was from such visits to the Parks that sparked my interest in learning more about the CCC.

Remarkably, there appears to be somewhat little written about the Corps, so Stan Cohen's "The Tree Army" became a must read for me. While it's described as a pictorial history (there are in fact plenty of pictures, and pictures often do say 1000 words), there is still sufficient reading to help paint a more complete description of the CCC.

Mr. Cohen adeptly covers the history of the CCC from the very beginning (thanks to the uncommon foresight of President Franklin Roosevelt) through its end during WWII, the dozens of camps, what camp life was like, the projects typically undertaken, and the training and education of the enrollees. Sufficient pictures help tell this story at all points. And to keep the record straight, the CCC undertook MANY, MANY projects outside of the State and National parks I alluded to earlier.

The story of the CCC does in fact need to be known by far more citizens today. What the CCC boys accomplished--both in their projects, financial support for them families during the Depression and post-Depression years, the skills and trades they learned in the CCC, and their immediate contributions to War World II--are just way to substantial to be overlooked.

This book is a nice introduction to all of that. Despite my three stars, this is a good book; I felt that, for my tastes, it needed to go into more detail on what the life of the average enrollee was like and paint an even more clear picture of the CCC and its impact on the communities it served.
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The CCC was an important tool, one of many, used by the government to rescue America from the Great Depression. My brother, twenty-five years older than I, served in the CCC. What he gained from it was far different than the experience of young city men who saw their first wild animals when building rock railings along Glacier National Park roads. Both benefitted. My brother-in-law led a CCC crew on a Montana wildfire and can tell what they achieved and how they came close to being overrun by a grass fire. In addition to showing the contributions to conservation, an understanding of the CCC must include those things as well.

The CCC was up and running in a very short time and people with considerable vision enabled that to happen. Stan Cohen's book alludes to failures. Certainly, there were some shortcomings. Any comprehensive history must look at why those happened and what leaders did to compensate. The CCC concept has continued, and is continuing, in a number of state and federal programs. A history of the Great Depression program lays the foundation on which today's programs are built. I don't find that in this book.

This book is like a small-town pioneer museum. You know; the museums where you give up about halfway through the exhibits when you have seen five old sewing machines, three cream separators, and pile after pile of rusty old tools. You have read a few yellowed newspaper clippings taped to the wall and at the same time wished that someone had taken time to write better captions for the exhibits. You have glanced over many old posed photos wondering if there was anyone that you knew.

A reader begins "The Tree Army" with the same kind of anticipation.
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A very interesting account of the Civilian Conservation Corps
of the U.S. government in the 1930's, this book is chock full of
intriguing photographs of the camps and the workers. Few people
today are familiar with this story, yet it should be known to all
Americans. My favorite picture is one of the members planting
trees and removing the old battlefield avenue around the statue
of the 155th Pa. Vols. on top of Little Round Top at Gettysburg,
PA. To look at it today, you would never know that a road once
existed there.
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