Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota

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hard-work-and-a-good-dealHard Work and a Good Deal traces the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which supplied jobs to more than 77,000 Minnesotans during the Great Depression. Nearly one hundred interviews contribute to oral historian Barbara W. Sommer’s lively narrative as the “boys” look back on their time in the CCC, during which many of them became men. African American enrollees tell of the segregated policies enforced in the army-run camps; workers for the CCC-Indian Division remember reservation projects that included rebuilding a fur trade-era stockade at Grand Portage. Together, these men give voice to early efforts that advanced the conservation of Minnesota’s natural resources five decades in a few short years. The book was recently re-issued by the Minnesota Historical Society in paperback.

Winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award in the Minnesota Category

Winner of the 2009 Northeast Minnesota Book Award in the General Nonfiction Category

Winner of the 2009 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

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