• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

CCC - A New Deal for the American People

Unemployed Men

Unemployed Men

Hard Times
In 1933, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. During this time, 12 to 15 million Americans were jobless and hungry. Banks had failed. Drought and lack of money had caused thousands of families to abandon their farms and homes. Many people were forced to visit soup kitchens and stand in bread lines for food to survive.

 
Dust Storm

Dust Storm

Natural Burdens
Adding to the misery were severe droughts, high winds, and outdated farming practices which turned the Midwest into a giant Dust Bowl.

 
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Solution to the Problems
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” pledge produced a number of government programs to help push the nation out of this Depression. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), one of the more popular New Deal programs, created jobs for young men while improving the nation’s forests, parks, and range lands.

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.