The Civilian Conservation Corps in Pittsburgh: Transforming a Camp Into a Park


America's economic outlook in 1933 was at best precarious, with more than 25 percent of the population unemployed. A glimmer of hope emerged when newly elected President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed an array of reforms dubbed the "New Deal." By March 31, less than a month into office, the newly inaugurated president had already introduced, and Congress had enacted. The Emergency Conservation Work Act. Five days later, on April 5, FDR issued Executive Order 6101 that established the Civilian Conservation Corps as the first New Deal Program. My father was one of the millions to partake in this program, which helped not only individuals but the country's natural resources too.

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