The Dust Bowl by Ken Burns

Did you miss the recent PBS special “The Dust Bowl” the new documentary by Ken Burns?  No worries you can watch it online, download it on i-tunes, and learn all about it via the outstanding website which includes an interactive learning center and photo galleries.

THE DUST BOWL chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which 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. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.

Feature Image by Arthur Rothstein