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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. The film includes vivid interviews with 26 survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom-seen movie footage, that bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible perseverance.

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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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