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A Nation in Distress



Journaling Jumpstarts

  1. Imagine that your parents do not have enough money to feed and clothe everyone in your family. Would you work to help out? Why or why not?

  2. If so, how would you find work and what would you be willing to do? How much would you expect to be paid and what percent of the money you make would you keep for yourself?

  3. Make a list of pros and cons for your decisions.

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Did You Know?

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visiting the CCC camps in Shenandoah 1933, taking time to have lunch with enrollees at Big Meadows.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited the Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Big Meadows in August 1933 and returned to Big Meadows in July 1936 to dedicate Shenandoah National Park.