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American

Civilizations
Professor Tamora Hoskisson
Final Reflection
Hunter Bernstein

In class we watched a film on the Civilian Conservation Corp, or the CCC for
short, which was founded in 1933 by President of the United States Theodore
Roosevelt. In a successful attempt to revive the economy after the Great Depression,
Roosevelt founded the CCC with the intentions of reforesting the land and
expanding new farming techniques. At first, many corporations and big businesses
were against the idea of having men of all ages work on the land. However, as these
men began to make money, they would send it home to their families, boosting the
economy.
The CCC also benefited the individuals that enrolled. Many of the men, young
and old, that joined were unable to read or write. By the time they finished their
service in the Civilian Conservation Corp, they were able to read and write. This is
just a start too--plumbing, electrical, typing, construction and more were all skills
that were offered. The CCC instilled morals and values in these men that lasted a
lifetime, including human rights.
In the 1930s, the United States had virtually no fire access roads and the
land was quickly eroding. One of the finite tasks the CCC completed was the creation
of thousands of fire access roads in remote locations. They also reforested the land,
giving the environment a chance to grow back. As roads were cut and places were
discovered, national parks were also made. Even Zion Nation Park here in Utah had
help from the CCC in building the trails and construction of parking lots. The CCC
was extremely focused on the environment, and could even be considered the first
environmentalists.
Before taking this class, I had never heard of the Civilian Conservation Corp
or all of the incredible tasks they tackled. This particular film and discussion was the
most interesting to me and taught me things I never knew. I myself have a deep
passion for the environment and also believe that we are destroying the land. If I
were to be around during this time, I would undoubtedly join the CCC.
In my Intro to Humanities class, we discussed the importance of treating the
environment with respect and dignity. The class talked about how we are taking too
much from the land and not giving enough back in return. Theodore Roosevelt also
felt this way, which is what persuaded him to found the CCC. In my Humanities class,
we were also required to read writings by Thoreau and other authors. The readings
discussed how morality and values could be found by living off the land and
minimally.
In my English class, we were also required to address an issue at home and
create a visual report on the topic. I chose to do my project on Mountain Accord,
which is the newest plan for the Wasatch front to preserve the beautiful mountains
we have here at home. The plan calls to designate the land under federal protection,
providing further restriction on land development and corrosion. Both of these
topics relate to the issues addressed by the CCC.