The Civilian Conservation Corp was an initiative of President Franklin Roosevelt’s interned to generate jobs for people during the depression. Many of the parks in the United States were built or improved by the CCC.
Workers would get paid a dollar a day, and sent most of their monthly paychecks home to support their families. Workers not only got a job and paycheck, but also valuable work experience and trade skills. Men who didn’t know how to read would be given lessons after hours. Many of the workers were so malnourished before joining the CCC that they gained an average of 40 pounds from receiving daily rations.
When World War II began, that marked the end of the CCC since any able-bodied man was needed to fight in the war.