Students use a map of the United States and information about each state to compare Minnesota's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) efforts with the rest of the United States.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Minnesota | Unit 9: Great Depression and the New Deal" where students will explore how the Great Depression and its resultant expansion of the federal government affected Minnesota.
126.96.36.199.2: Describe political and social impact of the Great Depression and New Deal in Minnesota, including the increased conflict between big business and organized labor.
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Map: The Civilian Conservation Corps – 1933 (color) (black and white)
- Class set of Civilian Conservative Corps Map handout
Explain to students that after the Great Depression struck the United States, many programs were used to rebuild the American economy. One such program was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which offered jobs to men without job prospects. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the CCC in 1933, using the Labor Department for recruitment, the War Department for camp organization, and the Agriculture and Interior Departments for work projects.
Explain that until the camps closed in 1942, the program employed thousands of men in Minnesota. Young men credited the program with teaching them discipline, leadership, and work skills that they could bring into future careers. The program also found work for older men, black men, and American Indians in the state.
Project the map, The Civilian Conservation Corps – 1933. It is available in color or black and white. Tell the students that they will be using this map of the United States to compare other states to Minnesota’s CCC efforts in 1933.
Provide students with the Civilian Conservative Corps Map handout and allow a few minutes for students to study the data. Have the students answer the questions at the bottom of the handout.
As a class, have students pick another state and compare its CCC information to Minnesota’s CCC information, citing differences or similarities.
California (33,600 men)
California had 21,400 more workers.
Rhode Island (600 workers)
Minnesota had 11,600 more workers.