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The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

In this series, Ken Burns and producer Dayton Duncan chronicle the Dust Bowl in all its complexities and profound human drama. It is both an oral history, using interviews of 30 survivors, and an historical accounting of what happened and why during the 1930s on the southern Plains, using first person accounts, narration, comments by historians, and restored photographs, footage and music from the period.

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  • The Great Plow Up (#101)

    The terror of the dust storms, the worst man-made environmental disaster in US history, is recalled. [116 minutes]

  • Reaping the Whirlwind (#102)

    Efforts to stabilize the soil continue as the families of the plains seek new lives in California. [116 minutes]

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