Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

Interviews

Introduction to the CCC: Janelle Taylor
(7 minutes)
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CCC Veteran: Bill McDonald
(29 minutes)
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CCC Veteran: James Garner
(11 minutes)
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Written account of activities at Garner State Park, by James Garner

CCC Veteran: William (Henry) Trees
(6 minutes)
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Panel Discussion: AmeriCorps (Jacob Johnson), National Guard (Sgt. Everardo Zamora), Civilian Conservation Corps (Bill McDonald)
(17 minutes)
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Children of CCC enrollees:

Frank Roberts
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Coming: Anthony Primm and mother Karen Primm

Listen and Learn:

What is was the CCC? Why was it started?
What contribution did the CCC make to Texas?
What was life like for the enrollees before they joined the CCC?
How did their lives change in the CCC?
What did they learn in the CCC?
What advice do they have for young people today?

To Discuss:

Did the CCC do any work near your community? What did they do?
Why did the CCC end?
Many of the CCC veterans talk about learning respect and discipline. Most went on to serve in the armed forces during World War II. What role did the CCC play in preparing them for the service?
Are youth today different from youth of the 1930s?
Does the experience of people in Great Depression compare to Hurricane Katrina victims?
Should we have a modern-day version of the CCC?
Should we require people to do community service?

Tell us what you think! Answer one of the questions above, something of your own, or ask a question of one of the guests! Email us at education@tpwd.state.tx.us Give us just your first name, name of your school, age and comment or question. We'll post the best questions and comments on our discussion page. You may ask questions of specific people if you wish.


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