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Congresswoman Contemplates Contemporary Civilian Conservation Corps

Civilian Conservation Corps members
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Members of the Civilian Conservation Corp.

In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps, as part of his New Deal program. The goal was to put unemployed young men to work on environmental conservation programs.

At its peak in 1935, more than 500,000 men were taking part in the program. Estimates put total enrollment over its nine-year history at nearly 3 million. In 1942, Congress stopped funding the program. But a Congresswoman from Ohio would like to revive the program.

Marcy Kaptur is the sponsor of the 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps measure, and she joined The Show to discuss the biggest benefits she foresees, should this program become law.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.