Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

Season 1
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THE DUST BOWL chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains, followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
Starring
Peter Coyote
Genres
DocumentarySpecial Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1: The Great Plow Up
    November 17, 2012
    1 h 51 min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In the early 20th century, homesteaders converge on the southern Plains, where wet years, rising wheat prices and World War I produce a classic boom. Then, in 1931, a decade-long drought begins, exacerbated by the Great Depression.
  2. 2. Episode 2: Reaping the Whirlwind
    November 18, 2012
    1 h 52 min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The crucible of dust, drought and Depression intensifies. Many people on the southern Plains give up and join a “migration of the defeated” to California. There they are branded as “Okies” and face vicious discrimination.

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  1. Bonus: Uncovering The Dust Bowl
    October 28, 2012
    6min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Additional material and background from "Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl."

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Directors
Ken Burns
Producers
Dayton DuncanJulie DunfeyKen Burns
Season year
2012
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Foul languageviolence
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1930's U.S. Heartlands History told as only Ken Burns can tell it.
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