Civilian Conservation Corps


A federal program designed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1933 to relieve unemployment and combat environmental degradation. More than 500,000 men ages eighteen to twenty-five worked at CCC camps in state parks, forests, and other remote areas around the country until mid-1942, when the program was discontinued. Many former CCC camp sites were repurposed during World War II to hold Japanese American detainees under the auspices of the Justice Department/Immigration and Naturalization Service (e.g. Kooskia , Griffith Park , and many others), Wartime Civil Control Administration ( Mayer ), or War Relocation Authority ( Cow Creek , Moab , Antelope Springs , and Tule Lake isolation center .