A documentary film by Robert C. Whetsell
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) reforested federal and state lands decimated by forest fires, built fire watch towers and strung miles of communication lines between them, helped fight forest fires, built state park facilities and roads. It gave employment to thousands of young men in a time of rampant unemployment, and sent money home to their families. Many young men were given the opportunity to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as skills such as typing and woodworking.
“The ‘CC Boys left a legacy that can still be enjoyed all over West Virginia in the forests they planted and parks they helped to build. The skills the ‘boys in green’ learned cannot be measured, but they are still evident in the public facilities they left for posterity; neither can the pride and teamwork, but both were displayed in their patriotic commitment during World War II. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) legacy reminds us of the capacity for good that can come from an enlightened government policy, which invests in the development of human resources and protects the environment.
“This excellent documentary records the beneficial, and often unappreciated impact of the CCC on the lives of West Virginians not only in that time of economic need but ever since – an uplifting story well told.” – Ronald L. Lewis, Ph.D., West Virginia University
Co-produced by Robert C. Whetsell and Gerald Milnes
Feature film (30 minutes) plus Bonus Features
Color DVD – $25