Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl [TV Documentary Series] (2012)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Social History, Tragedies & Catastrophes  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Ken Burns' four-hour documentary recalls the 1930s-era environmental catastrophe that destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains and caused massive dust storms and "dust pneumonia." The 1920s saw a wheat boom in the region, but the Depression led to a drop in prices. In a bid to recoup losses, farmers -- acting against the recommendations of the government -- harvested more wheat. But that left fields open and, once drought hit in 1932, created the Dust Bowl. The documentary includes first-person stories, photos, and film footage.

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