The Dust Bowl

Premiered November 2012

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.

Funding is provided by Bank of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Rockefeller Foundation, Wallace Genetic Foundation and members of The Better Angels Society, including the Dana A. Hamel Family Charitable Trust and Robert and Beverly Grappone.

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Clips 13

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl Sanora's Return

The Dust Bowl

Sanora's Return

Sanora Babb returns to her childhood home during the depression

3:26

Sanora's Return

3:26

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl Tex Pace

The Dust Bowl

Tex Pace

Tex Pace left the panhandle for CA and worked as a orange picker near Visalia, CA

5:08

Tex Pace

5:08

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl Arthur Rothstein

The Dust Bowl

Arthur Rothstein

Learn about Arthur Rothstein.

3:00

Arthur Rothstein

3:00

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl Caroline Henderson

The Dust Bowl

Caroline Henderson

Learn about Caroline Henderson.

2:35

Caroline Henderson

2:35

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl Lessons

The Dust Bowl

Lessons

What lessons can we take from what happened during the Dust Bowl?

4:54

Lessons

4:54

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl Photographers of the Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

Photographers of the Dust Bowl

During the Great Depression FDR's administration sought to document the economic crisis.

4:41

Photographers of the Dust Bowl

4:41

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl The Dust Bowl Intro

The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl Intro

An introduction to Ken Burns THE DUST BOWL

2:07

The Dust Bowl Intro

2:07

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl Uncovering the Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

Uncovering the Dust Bowl

Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan discuss making The Dust Bowl

5:55

Uncovering the Dust Bowl

5:55

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Previews 10

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl The Dust Bowl, Part II: Reaping the Whirlwind - Preview

The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl, Part II: Reaping the Whirlwind - Preview

Experience the conservation efforts to bring farms back to life

0:30

The Dust Bowl, Part II: Reaping the Whirlwind - Preview

0:30

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl A Storm is Coming

The Dust Bowl

A Storm is Coming

The Dust Bowl was the worst man made ecological disaster in American History.

0:20

A Storm is Coming

0:20

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl "Inside the Megastorm" followed by "The Dust Bowl"

The Dust Bowl

"Inside the Megastorm" followed by "The Dust Bowl"

Compare Hurricane Sandy and The Dust Storms of the 1930s.

0:30

"Inside the Megastorm" followed by "The Dust Bowl"

0:30

Video thumbnail: The Dust Bowl The Dust Bowl - Preview

The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl - Preview

Feel the full force of the worst manmade environmental disaster in America’s history.

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The Dust Bowl - Preview

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