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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The integration of African Americans in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Massachusetts
by Pinkham, Caitlin E., M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, 2015, 89; 10010722
Abstract (Summary)

The Civilian Conservation Corps employed young white and black men between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five. In 1935 Robert Fechner, the Director of the Civilian Conservation Corps, ordered the segregation of Corps camps across the country. Massachusetts’ camps remained integrated due in large part to low funding and a small African American population. The experiences of Massachusetts’ African American population present a new general narrative of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Federal government imposed a three percent African American quota, ensuring that African Americans participated in Massachusetts as the Civilian Conservation Corps expanded. This quota represents a Federal acknowledgement of the racism African Americans faced and an attempt to implement affirmative action against these hardships.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hacsi, Timothy
Commitee: Morgan, Marilyn, Pelayo, Monica
School: University of Massachusetts Boston
Department: History (MA)
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Black history, American history, Forestry, African American Studies
Keywords: African Americans, Civilian Conservation Corps, Fechner, Robert, Great Depression, Massachusetts, Roosevelt, Franklin
Publication Number: 10010722
ISBN: 978-1-339-46733-7
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