- Posted October 20, 2009 by
Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas
This iReport is part of an assignment:
One thing to beat the recession
We Need the CCC Today!
During the Great Depression of the 1930's, as part of the New Deal economic recovery program, President Franklin Roosevelt created programs like the Work Project Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corp. (CCC). These programs and others hired people to do NECESSARY work. They built roads, sidewalks, dams, bridges, walls. In most cases, their structures were so well built, they have endured to today.
The CCC put people to work in the national parks and forests. They built roads, bridges, dams, fire trails and breaks...the made nature accessible to the public. They even protected animal habitats.
Right now, in the United States, we have rampant and growing unemployment. Our interstates and other roads, bridges, sidewalks, and other infrastructure are falling apart. We desperately need programs like those offered to unemployed people during the Great Depression. We need a New Deal. We need jobs.