A new edition of a compact photohistory examines the impact of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the rural Midwest.
Tom Emery, a historical researcher from Carlinville, Ill., is the author of Soldiers with Picks and Shovels, which tells the story of the CCC, a wildly successful and popular program of the Depression-era New Deal, whose legacy is still felt today.
The CCC was created to provide job opportunities, food, and shelter for unemployed young men in the Depression. The Corps is credited with numerous park developments, as well as improvements in forestry, drainage, and soil conservation.
Soldiers with Picks and Shovels uses the CCC camp in Carlinville as a model for the importance of the Corps in the rural Midwest. The book contains dozens of original photographs to portray daily life in the CCC.
One of the most detailed studies ever attempted on the CCC in the Midwest, Soldiers with Picks and Shovels is a fast-moving, highly readable, family-friendly work that is geared to all ages and levels of interest in history.
Emery has created thirty books and booklet titles in his career, and his articles have appeared in some 150 newspapers. The recipient of twelve awards from the Illinois State Historical Society, Emery first released Soldiers with Picks and Shovels in 2011. This new edition features an enhanced layout, binding, and print quality.
Quantities of Soldiers with Picks and Shovels will be limited, so readers are urged to reserve copies now. Delivery is expected in mid-December, in time for Christmas.
To order by mail, send $14.95 (IL residents add $0.93 cents tax) and $3.12 postage and handling ($19 total) with your name, address, and phone number to History in Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626. PayPal orders use e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 217-710-8392 for more information.