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The Soil Soldiers: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Great Depression 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0801962257
ISBN-10: 0801962250
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Chilton Book Co; 1st edition (March 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801962250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801962257
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael A. Males on October 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Educator Lacy has written a fine account, both personal and political, of the Civilian Conservation Corps. As a crew leader for teenagers in the modern Youth Conservation Corps, I was struck by the similarity in the conditions attitudes, and humor of '30s Depression kids, how hard they worked and how creatively they complained about working hard, and what I heard from my '80s teens doing the same kind of sweat labor. A book with great relevance to the '90s, youth development, youth employment, and ending the destructive negativism against youth rampant at our highest levels. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm sorry to say this book was a disappointment. I had seen the American Experience broadcast on the CCC, and it had stoked my interest in the CCC's work. With that in mind, I found little that was new to me in this volume (this book was written in the mid 1970's, substantially pre-dating the American Experience broadcast), but even more disappointing was the poor quality of writing. I wasn't expecting a scholarly dissertation, but I also wasn't expecting sloppy punctuation and disjointed thoughts. I got the impression that the author couldn't decide if he was writing a you-are-there story, a straight-up history, or a tract on public policy. There's plenty of first-hand material (e.g., letters to home), but little/superficial discussion of the decisions made in Washington, and those aren't handled well at all. For a non-fiction volume, I expected *some* discussion/citation of sources, or at least a bibliography--but no. I wish I had liked it more.
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