(The book) showcases the determination of these young men, most of whom had no skills or experience, to change their country.
Flagstaff, AZ (PRWEB) June 24, 2013
The Civilian Conservation Corps – a program created by President Franklin Roosevelt after less than a month in office that put young men to work during the Great Depression – improved lives as well as national parks and forests, state parks and other public lands. This new book details the Corps’ work in northern Arizona, where workers planted trees, strung telephone lines, put up fences, built roads and building, constructed trails and campgrounds and put out forest fires. Their prolific projects have withstood the test of time decades later, seen in such attractions as the Petrified Forest’s Painted Desert Inn to the trails of Kingman’s Hualapai Mountain Park.
“We Still Walk in Their Footprint: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northern Arizona 1933-1942” showcases the determination of these young men, most of whom had no skills or experience, to change their country. Each chapter includes detailed year-by-year descriptions of the Corps’ work in the Petrified Forest and Coconino, Mohave, Yavapai and Prescott counties. Project locations include Flagstaff-area national monuments, Coconino National Forest, Kaibab and Prescott national forests, Antelope Valley and Parker Dam. Corps workers also helped with the division of grazing camps in Yavapai County and helped rescue hundreds of ranchers and their starving livestock during the devastating winter of 1936-37.
The organization was not without controversy. For instance, the Corps included some diversity. In the push to get the program off the ground, the author writes, the military was willing to break with convention, allowing African-Americans, Hispanics, older veterans and American Indians to enroll in the organization. In fact, when the Corps disbanded in 1942 because of World War II, more than 165 companies nationwide were made up of African-Americans. More than 50 photos from the National Archives and museums bring to life the men of the Corps, their camps and the projects to which they dedicated their lives. Local newspapers and camp newspapers offer additional insights into their efforts. The men of the Corps left an enduring legacy that still resonates today.
Author Robert Audretsch, who spent nearly 20 years as a National Park Service ranger at Grand Canyon National Park, has devoted himself full-time to research and writing about the Civilian Conservations Corps since his retirement in 2009. Audretsch has a degree in history and a master’s degree in library science from Wayne State University and worked as a librarian in Michigan, Ohio and Colorado before becoming a ranger. His other books include “Shaping the Park and Saving the Boys: The Civilian Conservation Corps at Grand Canyon, 1933-1942” and “Grand Canyon’s Phantom Ranch.” He plans to explore the history of the Corps in Arizona and in Colorado.
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We Still Walk in Their Footprint: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northern Arizona 1933-1942
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1783-9 212 pages $21.95 US
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