Barbara W. Sommer has served as director or codirector for numerous oral history projects and coauthored related publications. She is a founder of the Oral History Association of Minnesota.
"Sommer's narrative clearly contextualizes the CCC for those
unfamiliar with it and skillfully interweaves excerpts from
interviews with former CCC enrollees. These voices keep Hard
Work lively and add a human dimension to her story."
Annals of Iowa
"Thanks to Sommer, the words and photographs of a generation of CCC workers bring this history of the land of ten thousand lakes to life."
Natural History Magazine
"The oral histories throughout Hard Work and a Good Deal add immeasurably to this readable, thorough contribution to Minnesota history. A generation of young men whose talents could so easily have been lost in the Great Depression describe their hard work as well as the day-to-day life in CCC camps. Well done!"
Victoria Ford, coauthor, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Nevada: From Boys to Men
"This well-researched book captures the Minnesota experience through the very personal voices of CCC veterans. I was fascinated by the unique circumstances surrounding the Native Americans and Blacks who served in Minnesota. A very enjoyable read."
Robert J. Moore, author of The Civilian Conservation Corps in Arizona's Rim Country: Working in the Woods