This film explores the Depression Era Civilian Conservation Corps ideals, what it accomplished, and the lasting effect on the people and the land of Alabama. The journey of one young boy from rural Talladega County and his time in the CCC from 1939-1941 is a parallel story in the film.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work program was established by Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of his New Deal legislation in March 1933. The CCC's main goals were to conserve and develop the natural resources of the United States while putting unemployed young men to work during the Great Depression. In Alabama, the CCC initiated projects to improve the state's forested lands, strengthen the forest-fire protection system, and aid in the development of new state park lands. The program included soil conservation, dam construction and waterway improvements across the state. The Alabama CCC constructed numerous buildings and trails in many local and state parks, as well as in other locations in the state, that are still in use today.