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Reform in the Spirit of Conservation The creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Civil Works Administration revolutionized the US federal government by redefining its roles in the lives of its citizens Prior to the Great Depression and Franklin D Roosevelts resulting New Deal the federal government had taken no responsibility in the employment or welfare of US citizens People were employed by privately owned businesses and the poor if they received any help at all were aided by private charities Though the federal government had never been held accountable for providing for its citizens in such areas the devastating effects of the Great Depression and millions experiencing financial ruin made it clear that roles were in need of reassignment The crash of the US economy necessitated a change in the old system since unemployment rose dramatically and poverty left many families starving and in the streets Private businesses and charities alike ran out of money and ceased to operate leaving young bread-winning men suddenly jobless and launching the American public into a state of potentially volatile desperation No one knew what to expect it was obvious that something had to happen so that Americans could afford to feed and clothe their children but the prospects looked bleak Socialist and Communist philosophies gained more popularity than they ever had before and many feared or expected a coup President Franklin D Roosevelt in an attempt to salvage Americas capitalist democracy promised to better the situation of US citizens and called his promise the New Deal Although it was little more than a vague promise of experimentation the American people greeted it with enthusiasm as any effort towards change was welcome The Civilian Conservation Corps CCC a federally funded program instituted under the New Deal created jobs for unemployed men Approximately 25 million men were paid to maintain and restore forests beaches and parks While the work the men in the CCC did was
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