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In The Name of LiberalismIlliberal Social Policy in the USA and Britain$
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Desmond King

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296290.001.0001

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‘They Have Been Given a Chance’: The US Civilian Conservation Corps

‘They Have Been Given a Chance’: The US Civilian Conservation Corps

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(p.180) 6 ‘They Have Been Given a Chance’: The US Civilian Conservation Corps
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In The Name of Liberalism
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Desmond King (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198296290.003.0009

Examines the use of work camps in the US, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), as a mechanism to address unemployment in the 1930s. Beginning with a brief overview of the origins and establishment of the CCC, King provides an account of these camps at work: the ways in which the Corps was made compatible with traditional US political values as well as how attempts to make it permanent were thwarted. In addition, King underlines the racial dimension of the Corps’ organization and activities, while exploring the implications of the federal government's segregationist arrangements.

Keywords:   Civilian Conservation Corps, federal government, political values, race, segregation, unemployment, USA, work camps

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