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Another Day, Another Dollar: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Catskills

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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program to help young, unemployed men during the Great Depression by hiring them to work in a mammoth "forest army," completed thousands of vital conservation projects nationwide. They were paid just $30 a month—a dollar a day.

In the Catskills, at CCC camps in Ulster County, Greene County, Schoharie County, Delaware County, and Broome County, city boys and their country cousins, under the tutelage of local ...

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Overview

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program to help young, unemployed men during the Great Depression by hiring them to work in a mammoth "forest army," completed thousands of vital conservation projects nationwide. They were paid just $30 a month—a dollar a day.

In the Catskills, at CCC camps in Ulster County, Greene County, Schoharie County, Delaware County, and Broome County, city boys and their country cousins, under the tutelage of local woodsmen and mechanics, wielded axes, mattocks and shovels to transform the Catskills in subtle and significant ways, planting millions of trees (more than 3 ½ million in Delaware County in 1934 alone), fighting stream and soil erosion, and building roads, fire towers, hiking trails, ski trails, and the campsites at North Lake, Woodland Valley, Devil's Tombstone and Beaverkill. This new history, illustrated with more than 100 photographs and maps, tells their story—who they were, where they came from, what they did, and the legacy they left behind.

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What People Are Saying

Bill McKibben
Galusha's book serves as a vivid reminder of what we owe to the people who crafted and implemented this far-reaching New Deal program aimed at reversing decades of environmental abuse. It also offers a glimpse of how, with the same sort of vision, cooperation, hard work and political will we might tackle the earth-altering changes that darken our very doorstep. (Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883789619
  • Publisher: Black Dome Press, Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,412,130
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Galusha has written several books of local and regional history, including "Liquid Assets, The Story of New York City's Water System", "Through a Woman's Eye: Pioneering Photographers of Rural Upstate", "When Cauliflower was King", and "As the River Runs, A History of Halcottsville, N.Y." The founding president of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, Galusha is also deeply involved in promoting the legacy of John Burroughs through preservation of Woodchuck Lodge, the literary naturalist's Roxbury summer home. She is a former journalist and newspaper editor, currently employed at the Catskill Watershed Corporation in Margaretville.

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Table of Contents


Map v Foreword Bill McKibben viii Acknowledgments x Introduction 1 Chapter 1 For the Love of Trees 5 Sidebar: A Passion for Forests 16 Chapter 2 Gone with the Wind: The Great Depression 19 Sidebar: On the Road 27 Chapter 3 The Forest Army 29 Sidebar: The "Moral Equivalent of War" 33 Sidebar: The "She-She-She Camp" 36 Sidebar: Camps for Veterans 40 Sidebar: Racial Segregation 45 Chapter 4 Battling Bugs Boiceville, Camp P-53 (Ulster County) 47 Sidebar: The Campground at the End of the Road 51 Sidebar: Remembering Boiceville 55 Sidebar: Celebrating Conservation 64 Chapter 5 Of Blister Rust and Fire Towers Davenport, Camp S-51 (Delaware County) 67 Sidebar: Gilbert Lake: A State Park Grows 74 Chapter 6 Doing the Dirty Work Deposit/McClure, Camp P-76 (Broome County) 79 Sidebar: Veggies by the Ton 88 Chapter 7 Campsites for the Catskills Tannersville, Camp S-97 (Greene County) 91 Sidebar: Truckin' 100 Chapter 8 "It Was Surprising What They Would Take" Breakabeen, Camp S-93 (Schoharie County) 109 Sidebar: Stream Work 112 Sidebar: Earth Work 115 Sidebar: Fire! 122 Chapter 9 Working Hard So Others Could Play Margaretville, Camp S-133 (Delaware County) 127 Sidebar: The Trickle-Down Theory 134 Sidebar: Ski Fever 146 Chapter 10 From Farms to Forest Masonville, Camp S-100 (Delaware County) 151 Sidebar: Who Were These Guys? 162 Sidebar: Ten Mile River 166 Sidebar: 3,693,492 Trees 170 Chapter 11 The End of the CCC 171 Afterword: Youth in Conservation Since the CCC 179 Appendix A The Alphabet Agencies of the New Deal 188 Appendix B CCC Camps in New York State 190 Chapter Notes 198 Bibliography 202 Index 205 Aboutthe Author 212
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