Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps

The Gunflint Trail CCC camp/photo courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society

The Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC began in the spring of 1933. It was started by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the onset of the Great Depression. Cook County became home to many CCC camps. The projects undertaken by the corps are still visible today. In this series WTIP explores the legacy and story of the CCC in Cook County. This program was produced by Ada Igoe with Barbara Jean Johnson. It was voiced by Bill Burkhart. Photos courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.


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The Grand Portage Stockade

Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps Part 4

In 1933, Cook County was just another area of the United States struggling with the Great Depression.


CCC camps were segregated by race. Within a year, the black company stationed in Cook County was driven out of town.

The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps Part 3

From 1933 to 1942, the Civilian Conservation Corps provided millions of young men with forestry work as the United States struggled to pull itself out of the Great Depression.


 
Baking bread/photo from the Cook County Historical Society

The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps Part 2

In 1933, Cook County was just another area of the United States struggling with the Great Depression. But a program begun by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called the Civilian Conservation Corps offered hope for the future of both Cook County and area young men. In this episode, former CCC enrollees and construction foremen recall their experience working in Cook County’s CCC camps. This piece is part of WTIP’s ongoing series on the legacy of CCC in Cook County.


CCC crew members in Cook County take a break from tree planting for a photo/image courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society

The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps Part 1

The Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC began in the spring of 1933. It was started by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the onset of the Great Depression. Cook County became home to many CCC camps. The projects undertaken by the corps are still visible today. In this ongoing series WTIP explores the legacy and story of the CCC in Cook County.