THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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December 15, 1935
The Civilian Conservation Corps Printed a Newsletter, The Backbone Star
Begun in 1933, during the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a New Deal program designed to employ young men to conserve and restore the nation's natural resources. CCC workers lived in camps and were paid $30 a week, $25 of which was sent home to support worker's families. This newsletter, dated December 1935, is from the 357th Company, based in Damascus, Washington County. It contains updates on activities, social events, and columns of advice, cartoons, and gossip. This issue also includes descriptions of camp life meant to be shared with family and friends over the Christmas holiday.