Nessmuk

George Washington Sears was born in South Oxford, Massachusetts, in 1821, the oldest of ten children. At the age of eight, he was put to work in a cotton mill, frequently escaping to the woods with a young Narragansett Indian named Nessmuk (meaning wood duck or wood drake), who taught him how to hunt, fish, and set up camp. At the age of twelve, Sears escaped to his grandmother’s house on...
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Civilian Conservation Corps

Between 1933 and 1942, nearly 3.5 million young men nationwide, and 195,000 in Pennsylvania, enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of his New Deal relief programs to put the unemployed back to work during the Great Depression. The CCC — nicknamed Roosevelt’s Tree Army — was to reclaim land and forests that had been ravaged...
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