Kentucky's Civilian Conservation Corps

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By the time Franklin D. Roosevelt took his first oath of office, the Great Depression had virtually gutted the nation's agricultural heartland. In Kentucky, nearly one out of every four men was unemployed and relegated to a life of poverty, and as quickly as the economy deflated, so too did morality. "The overwhelming majority of unemployed Americans, who are now walking the streets…would infinitely prefer to work," FDR stated in his 1933 appeal to Congress. So began the New Deal and, with it, a glimmer of hope and enrichment for a lost generation of young men. From 1933 up to the doorstep of World War II, the Civilian Conservation Corps employed some 2.5 million men across the country, with nearly 90,000 enrolled in Kentucky. Native Kentuckian and CCC scholar Connie Huddleston chronicles their story with this collection of unforgettable and astonishing photographs that take you to the front lines of the makeshift camps and through the treacherous landscape, adversity, and toil. The handiwork of the Kentucky "forest army" stretches from Mammoth Cave to the Cumberlands, and their legacy is now preserved within these pages.
ISBN: 9781596297296
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Kentucky
Series: Vintage Images
Images: 137
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Connie Huddleston is an archivist and historian who has worked with various museums, interpretive centers, and preservationists for the last 20 years. She is the owner of Interpreting Time's Past, LLC in Atlanta. She has most recently completed an exhibit on the CCC in Georgia at FDR State Park and is about to undertake another at Little Ocmulgee State Park. She worked for 18 years for Brockington and Associates, Inc. of Atlanta where she was a Registered Professional Archaeologist and Interpretive Specialist, and she holds undergraduate degrees in education and history and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Goucher College. She is affiliated with Georgia Historical Society, Kentucky Historical Society, Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries, Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, and the Society for Georgia Archaeology.
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