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Typical CCC youth enrollees
Typical CCC youth enrollees
Resource Typeimage
TitleTypical CCC youth enrollees
Coverage / Yearc. 1933 to 1939
DescriptionPhotograph, b/w
InterpretationThe typical enrollee was between 17 and 18 years of age and white, although about 9 percent of the enrollees were black. About 68 percent of the enrollees were from low-income families and whose parents had about a 7th grade education. Most enrollees had not much more than an 8th grade education, with 21 percent having never progressed beyond the 6th grade level. Employment opportunities for young black men in the CCC were limited and sometimes they were deliberately excluded from joining the CCC. The camps were segregated and it was never the policy of the government to create a nationwide system of integrated camps. Given the custom of the times, integration would have invited trouble from other established white institutions, including the Army, which maintained segregation practices. For background and history of the Civilian Conservation Corps see image "Map of CCC corps areas in the United States".
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Dream; American Communities in History
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems;
Author or CreatorUnknown
SourceYouth in the CCC by Kenneth Holland and Frank Ernest Hill, 267 p., 1942 (p. 59)
Subject / KeywordsCivilian Conservation Corps; Conservation Corps
Collection PublisherIllinois State Library;
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