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History & Education
In the Department of Arts & Humanities
Race Men in the 'University of the Woods': Black Education and the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942
Dr. Michael Hines, Teachers College, Columbia University
"Race Men in the 'University of the Woods': Black Education and the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942"
Lecture, Discussion and Light Reception
During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps employed 2.5 million young American men on conservation projects in national parks and public lands. In exchange for their work they received food, clothing, and the salary of $1 a day. Alongside these material benefits, the C.C.C. also offered the chance to learn through the establishment of a voluntary and informal education program. For African American enrollees, who made up 10% of the C.C.C. and whose educational opportunities were often severely limited relative to their white peers, this opportunity was especially noteworthy. Using archival sources from instructors, administrators, and enrollees themselves, this project uncovers the experiences of this forgotten group of young men educated in the "University of the Woods," and expands our knowledge of the intersections between race, education, and New Deal policy making.
Horace Mann 332
Space is Limited.
March 19, 2018, 5:00 PM
March 19, 2018, 6:00 PM