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Fighting for the Forest: How FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps Helped Save America

By: P. O'Connell Pearson

When Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in March 1933, the United States was on the brink of economic collapse and environmental disaster. Thirty-four days later, the first of over three million impoverished young men were building parks and reclaiming the nation’s forests and farmlands. The Civilian Conservation Corps—FDR’s favorite program and “miracle of inter-agency cooperation”—resulted in the building and/or improvement of hundreds of state and national parks, the restoration of nearly 120 million acre of land, and the planting of some three billion trees—more than half of all the trees ever planted in the United States.

Fighting for the Forest tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corp through a close look at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia (the CCC’s first project) and through the personal stories and work of young men around the nation who came of age and changed their country for the better working in Roosevelt’s Tree Army.

Bibliography. Endnotes. Time line. Index. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

ISBN: 9781534429321

JLG Release: Nov 2019


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion
Topics: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945) , Great Depression (1929–1939) , US Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) , Forest conservation , Twentieth-century US history , Conservation of natural resources , New Deal (1933–1936) , Forestry , National parks , Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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Pearson skillfully tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a program conceived by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to put impoverished young men to work creating and rehabilitating parks, forests, and farmland during the recovery from the Great Depression. Readers learn about the intricacies of the program’s implementation and its impa Pearson skillfully tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a program conceived by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to put impoverished young men to work creating and rehabilitating parks, forests, and farmland during the recovery from the Great Depression. Readers learn about the intricacies of the program’s implementation and its impact on the workers and on the country’s landscape. Many parts of the narrative are told from the points of view of those who worked in the CCC. Pearson mentions the CCC’s positive effects but acknowledges racial inequities and some questionable environmental practices. The book concludes by discussing how the CCC’s legacy connects with today’s conservation issues. Many historical photos and explanatory sidebars appear throughout the book. The bibliography lists dozens of historical and contemporary sources, including films, speeches, and interviews. This thorough, well-rounded portrayal of the CCC brings this piece of U.S. history to life for a middle grade audience.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534429321

First Release

November 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

333.75

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 1080L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon & Schuster BFYR

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion

Topics

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945), Great Depression (1929–1939), US Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Forest conservation, Twentieth-century US history, Conservation of natural resources, New Deal (1933–1936), Forestry, National parks, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia,

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