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Littlestown Jaycees American Experience Viewing Party

Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and witf Host | Oct 5, 2009 3:28 PM

American Experience is television’s most-watched history series, American Experience has been hailed as “peerless” (Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune), and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience airs Mondays on WITF-TV.

 

The 1930’s: The Civilian Conservation Corps. explores the weeks following President Franklin Roosevelt’s inauguration in March of 1933, when he sent legislation to Congress aimed at providing relief for the one out of every four American workers who were unemployed. He proposed the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide jobs in natural resource conservation. Over the next decade, the CCC put more than three million young men to work in the nation’s forests and parks, planting trees, building flood barriers, fighting fires, and maintaining roads and trails. Corps workers lived in camps under quasi-military discipline, and received a wage of thirty dollars per month, twenty-five of which they were required to send home to their families. This film tells the story of one of the boldest and most popular New Deal experiments, positioning it as a pivotal moment in the emergence of modern environmentalism and federal unemployment relief.  “The past offers us the opportunity to see the shape of human experience,” says American Experience executive producer Mark Samels. “As we navigate through our current global recession, the likes of which we haven’t seen in more than 75 years, Americans can look to the ‘30s to help understand how we got here, and where we may end up next.”

 

To view a clip from The 1930’s: The Civilian Conservation Corps. or to explore the many other features that accompany the film, click here.

 

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This event is one of many in the Central Pennsylvania region centered on an episode of American Experience and we want to hear from you. We look forward to your engaging and thoughtful discussions.

 

 

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