The Civilian Conservation Corps

2009, History  -   5 Comments
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In 1933, as Franklin D. Roosevelt took his oath of office as the 32nd President of the United States, his people were hurting. From Texas to Detroit to every state in between, citizens were struggling through a 25% unemployment rate, a series of natural disasters, widespread housing foreclosures and food shortages, a stock market that had tumbled by 90%, and little hope for recovery as the Great Depression took hold. Directed by gifted filmmaker Robert Stone, The Civilian Conservation Corps outlines one of the most daring and consequential of the public programs enacted by Roosevelt during this time, a tenant of the New Deal that continues to resonate in our modern world.

Up until that time, the public did not necessarily look upon the government as an engine for bettering their daily lives. Roosevelt's New Deal restructured the function of the government in an unprecedented manner. As part of this string of new programs, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was designed to reward meaningful work while improving upon the environmental vitality of the nation. Toiling over a period of six months in labor camps across the country, program participants were paid a daily wage to plant trees, repair gullies and embark on other conversation projects. This was many years before environmentalism became one of the country's chief movements.

Roosevelt looked upon the program as a win-win proposition; these efforts would enhance the value of the country's natural resources while keeping its most vulnerable citizens employed. Nevertheless, a vocal opposition did emerge, and blasted the president for ignoring the interests of business, deficit spending and corporate taxes.

The story of the CCC is vividly captured through a wealth of impressive archived materials and a series of new interviews with the men who signed up for the program up until the time of its demise in 1942. The narrative they weave is one of pride, prosperity and patriotism.

The Civilian Conservation Corps is a beautifully assembled and meticulously rendered slice of American history. But it is by no means a dry history lesson; instead, it makes this long-passed era feel personal and inspirational.

Directed by: Robert Stone

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5 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Tudor of Romania

    Everywhere is just greed now. We should nationalize everything!

    1. Rose

      Government is comprised of law makers, judges and enforcers. It represents force and its application should be limited to simply protecting the people's human rights, period. Under this condition, there is no incentive to increase government revenue and control.
      Under Roosevelt, government began using the people's money to "better their lives" as if it were a parent taking care of a society of children. The incentive for revenue and control grew rapidly and now almost everything has, in effect, been nationalized with government control being omnipresent, thorough and expensive as it operates in the service of its corporate owners who reap tremendous profit from this situation.

    2. Tudor

      With respect to our esystem. Government is ours. Today we pay 1200 usd/3 mounts to people and 2.2 trilliards to juridic persons. We pay with cards from minimum 10 years ago. Surely we could replace the congress. Surely we should vote our own legislation, and maybe more. All the profit should be ours. We should know how is it to leisure for 8 ours/day. Especially for US. Globally we should not pay for army. All the world pays for army, but just US (OTAN) use it. That is the motive for all the states keep having armies. I surely hope that every romanian military man that fights on foreign land to die.

  2. deb

    The beginning of this video reminds myself of the INTERSTELLAR movie..If anyone has books falling off their shelves & morse code clarification... then please share the co-ordinates to the DEEP STATE bunkers underground with the off world SPACE FORCE preparing to go off planet. DIBS on the one with Matthew McConaghy.

  3. gloria

    These are wonderful. thanks