At Work in Penn's Woods: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Pennsylvania (Keystone Books) Hardcover – June 26, 2006
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“An excellent study of state history with national themes.”
―P. D. Travis, Choice
About the Author
- Publisher : Penn State University Press; 1st edition (June 26, 2006)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0271028769
- ISBN-13 : 978-0271028767
- Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,599,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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He does an excellent job of describing what the purpose of the CCC was; the politics involved in administering it; the role African-Americans took (had to take) in the CCC; the role of the CCC during the Depression, when the Corps began, through to the buildup to, and beginning of, World War II, when the program was finally shut down; tasks that the CCC men (boys) performed; as well as other topics.
Although there are some statistics and charts in the book, they are interesting and needed, and most are contained in an appendix.
As mentioned in other reviews, Dr. Speakman's inspiration for the book came from the fact that his father was in the Pennsylvania CCC. My father was also in the Corps, hence my interest. Unfortunately, my father's time and work in the CCC was a topic that we didn't really talk about, so I have no oral history from him about his experiences. On the bright side, my sister does have the documentation of my father's service in the Corps, so at least I know the Camp, Company, and time that he served. That's a start.
To those who have had a relative in the Pennsylvania CCC, this book is a must read. To those who did not, or don't realize that they did, it is still very highly recommended for the fact that you will be amazed at how many projects these men worked on throughout the Commonwealth. I'd be willing to bet that there's one close to where you live - most likely still in existence.