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Because he believes Conservation is CCC's first & foremost aim, Director Fechner also believes that for his corps the spade is mightier than the sword and a better weapon. Should U. S. youth be militarized to build up Army reserves, he would have Congress: i) forget the work program and go in exclusively for military training, 2) would draw trainees from all classes of the population. If this would make a final mockery of William James's peaceful idea, it would at least fulfill the James idea of making use of gilded youth.

-According to Charles Price Harper, a Johns Hopkins University student who made a thorough study of CCC for his Ph.D. thesis.

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