City Year CEO Michael Brown’s CNN Article: AmeriCorps, today’s Depression-era CCC

By Michael Brown and David Gergen, CNN Contributors
September 7, 2011 9:49 a.m. EDT
(CNN) — Soon after taking office, Franklin Roosevelt boldly proposed the Civilian Conservation Corps as a way to create jobs and hope during the Great Depression. Within three months, not only had Congress acted but 250,000 young men were at work in the woods. The country cheered and the CCC went on to become the most popular program of the New Deal.

As President Obama and Congress seek ways to create jobs today, the lesson of the CCC should be well remembered… CLICK HERE to read the full article on


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