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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public-works relief program that was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. The president's support for the CCC reflected his longtime personal interest in conservation, his recognition of the potential such a program had to combat unemployment among young Americans, and his understanding of the potential such a program had to help expand his political base.

Operating from 1933 to 1942, the CCC provided unskilled, manual labor jobs aimed at the conservation and development of national parks, forests, and farmlands owned by the federal government, as well as by local and state governments. The CCC had a dual purpose: it sought to provide jobs for unmarried young men between the ages of 18 and 25 years who came ...

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