Camp Life: The Queer History of "Manhood" in the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933–1937

  title={Camp Life: The Queer History of "Manhood" in the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933–1937},
  author={Colin R. Johnson},
  journal={American Studies},
  pages={19 - 35}
Between 1933 and 1942 hundreds of thousands of young American men sought relief from the poverty and hopelessness of the Great Depression by joining FDR’s Emergency Work Relief program, otherwise known as the Civilian Conservation Corps. Although the Corps attracted men from both town and country, the vast majority of work camps to which It sent enrollees were located near small towns or in remote rural areas far from US urban centers. This essay explores the homosocial world of these camps… 
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