Minnesota Historical Society

Hard Work and a Good Deal

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The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota

Author Barbara W. Sommer

Minnesota Historical Society Press (February 1, 2008)

CCC veterans tell compelling stories of their experiences planting trees, fighting fires, building state parks, and reclaiming pastureland in this collective history of the CCC in Minnesota.


The Civilian Conservation Corps - born out of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal at the height of the Great Depression - supplied jobs to more than 77,000 Minnesotans in need. Their work left a lasting legacy, visible today in Minnesota's thriving forests, state park amenities, and soil conservation practices.

Hundreds of interviews complement oral historian Barbara Sommer's lively text with personal accounts that animate the history of the CCC in Minnesota as camps were created and projects tackled throughout the state. The "boys" look back - often fondly - at this program, which, for many, was their introduction to the workforce and to life away from home.

Accolades for Hard Work and a Good Deal:

Winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award in the Minnesota Category
Winner of the 2009 Northeast Minnesota Book Award in the General Nonfiction Category
Winner of the 2009 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

Author information

Barbara W. Sommer, an oral historian for more than twenty-five years, has served as director or codirector for numerous oral history projects and coauthored related publications. She is a founder of the Oral History Association of Minnesota.

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Winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award in the Minnesota category

Reading Group Guide prepared by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

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  • 216 pages
  • 75 b&w illustrations, 3 maps
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873516129

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