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winter quarters, Tom Mix Circus (1934-1938), Compton, California | by lumierefl
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winter quarters, Tom Mix Circus (1934-1938), Compton, California

My father, Lee Minor (1914-2009), grew up on the west side of Chicago. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 at the age of 18. A first generation American just graduated from high school, the CCC seemed the best of the few options available to him as the Great Depression deepened. This photo and the caption below are from a scrapbook he kept during the years he served in "Roosevelt's Tree Army," separated from his home and family for the first time in his life. video: Youth Jobs Program During Great Depression (7:25) • National park backers call for creation of a service corps similar to the Depression-era CCC -LA Times • Tom Mix

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Taken on March 29, 2009