President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harold Ickes at CCC Camp # 350 in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, August 12, 1933.
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Several official-looking gentlemen are seated around a picnic table about to have lunch. Looking on is a large group of young men. In the background tents are visible.

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

In August 1933, President Roosevelt, accompanied by Harold Ickes and other members of his cabinet and administration, took a whirlwind tour through the Shenandoah Valley. Cameramen and newsreel photographers followed along to take the images that FDR hoped would to bolster public confidence in his public works programs. Ickes took an active hand in the management of the Civilian Conservation Corps, but was unable to end racial segregation in the Corps.

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