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The Dust Bowl

This two-part, four hour documentary film series from Ken Burns tells the story of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. The frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.

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Wed., August 27, 2014
8:00 pm
(120 minutes)

The Great Plow Up  

Part 1 of a two-part documentary detailing the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains and caused massive dust storms during the 1930s. Firsthand stories of survivors, photos and film footage chronicle the era, including the terror that the dust storms brought with them; the desperation faced by families; and how, through it all, folks managed to find hope.

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Wed., August 27, 2014
8:00 pm
(120 minutes)

The Great Plow Up  

Part 1 of a two-part documentary detailing the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains and caused massive dust storms during the 1930s. Firsthand stories of survivors, photos and film footage chronicle the era, including the terror that the dust storms brought with them; the desperation faced by families; and how, through it all, folks managed to find hope.

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Wed., August 27, 2014
10:00 pm
(120 minutes)

Reaping the Whirlwind  

Conclusion. How many families sought refuge from the Great Plains in California; and how government-led conservation efforts worked in conjunction with a break in the drought in 1939 to stabilize the soil and inject new life into farms.

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Wed., August 27, 2014
10:00 pm
(120 minutes)

Reaping the Whirlwind  

Conclusion. How many families sought refuge from the Great Plains in California; and how government-led conservation efforts worked in conjunction with a break in the drought in 1939 to stabilize the soil and inject new life into farms.

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Thu., August 28, 2014
6:00 am
(120 minutes)

The Great Plow Up  

Part 1 of a two-part documentary detailing the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains and caused massive dust storms during the 1930s. Firsthand stories of survivors, photos and film footage chronicle the era, including the terror that the dust storms brought with them; the desperation faced by families; and how, through it all, folks managed to find hope.

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Thu., August 28, 2014
8:00 am
(120 minutes)

Reaping the Whirlwind  

Conclusion. How many families sought refuge from the Great Plains in California; and how government-led conservation efforts worked in conjunction with a break in the drought in 1939 to stabilize the soil and inject new life into farms.

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Thu., August 28, 2014
2:00 pm
(120 minutes)

The Great Plow Up  

Part 1 of a two-part documentary detailing the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains and caused massive dust storms during the 1930s. Firsthand stories of survivors, photos and film footage chronicle the era, including the terror that the dust storms brought with them; the desperation faced by families; and how, through it all, folks managed to find hope.

WETA TV 26 Logo

Thu., August 28, 2014
2:00 pm
(120 minutes)

The Great Plow Up  

Part 1 of a two-part documentary detailing the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains and caused massive dust storms during the 1930s. Firsthand stories of survivors, photos and film footage chronicle the era, including the terror that the dust storms brought with them; the desperation faced by families; and how, through it all, folks managed to find hope.

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Thu., August 28, 2014
4:00 pm
(120 minutes)

Reaping the Whirlwind  

Conclusion. How many families sought refuge from the Great Plains in California; and how government-led conservation efforts worked in conjunction with a break in the drought in 1939 to stabilize the soil and inject new life into farms.

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Thu., August 28, 2014
4:00 pm
(120 minutes)

Reaping the Whirlwind  

Conclusion. How many families sought refuge from the Great Plains in California; and how government-led conservation efforts worked in conjunction with a break in the drought in 1939 to stabilize the soil and inject new life into farms.

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Fri., August 29, 2014
12:30 am
(120 minutes)

The Great Plow Up  

Part 1 of a two-part documentary detailing the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains and caused massive dust storms during the 1930s. Firsthand stories of survivors, photos and film footage chronicle the era, including the terror that the dust storms brought with them; the desperation faced by families; and how, through it all, folks managed to find hope.

WETA TV 26 Logo

Fri., August 29, 2014
12:30 am
(120 minutes)

The Great Plow Up  

Part 1 of a two-part documentary detailing the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains and caused massive dust storms during the 1930s. Firsthand stories of survivors, photos and film footage chronicle the era, including the terror that the dust storms brought with them; the desperation faced by families; and how, through it all, folks managed to find hope.

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Fri., August 29, 2014
2:30 am
(120 minutes)

Reaping the Whirlwind  

Conclusion. How many families sought refuge from the Great Plains in California; and how government-led conservation efforts worked in conjunction with a break in the drought in 1939 to stabilize the soil and inject new life into farms.

WETA TV 26 Logo

Fri., August 29, 2014
2:30 am
(120 minutes)

Reaping the Whirlwind  

Conclusion. How many families sought refuge from the Great Plains in California; and how government-led conservation efforts worked in conjunction with a break in the drought in 1939 to stabilize the soil and inject new life into farms.

Local Focus: Hugh Bennett and the Perfect Storm

Local Focus: Hugh Bennett and the Perfect Storm

The Dust Bowl ravaged the great plains but its effects could be felt throughout the country. Read our account of a 1935 Dust Storm that reached Washington, D.C. and inspired Congress to take action.

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The Dust Bowl Website

Visit The Dust Bowl website on PBS.org to learn more about the series, watch videos and share your story from this unique period in American history.

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