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The Soldiers of Poverty
This creative nonfiction story begins in Virden, Illinois and follows the factual events of the author's father, Mike Kerkes, before joining the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The narrative continues with Mike's friendships and his work in the hewing yard at Giant City Park in rural southern Illinois. After a reorganization of CCC manpower Mike is transferred to ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published June 23rd 2006 by Rustic Books
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Not the best writing, but since I've always had a interest in the works of the CCC I found it to be a great historical read. It really explains the life and experiences of the young men who joined. It has many pages of actual menus, letters, ads, etc to bring history to life for the reader. I'm sure this was a work of love for the author to honor her dad and she succeeded in doing that. He sounds like a wonderful man Mary!