Could you be Moss Trawnley? Dig in? Make a difference?

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“Sign here.” Thirty dollars a month, food, and a place to sleep.

Or what? More days of jangling, cold box cars? More nights in jail? Forever chasing help he wouldn’t get.

Three million young men who came of age amid the hunger and blowing dust storms of the 1930s Great Depression would sign on for hitches in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Together, they would restore eroded land and replant forests. They would build wildlife refuges, parks, and scenic lookouts. Facing hard times head-on, they would make something good of them.

But to Moss Trawnley, on his own a thousand miles away from any place he’d every known, Sign here just sounded a lot like Survive.CCCdiggingFSA


Join the Civilian Conservation Corps, move into barracks, meet the other enrollees, and get to work fixing a country that needs fixing. Or, if you sign up early, live in a tent while you help build your camp. Either way, it will be an adventure–and maybe a race in which you find yourself doing more than you ever thought you could.

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