Watch The Dust Bowl
November 16, 2012
The roots of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Services come to life in Ken Burns' documentary, "The Dust Bowl," airing on PBS Sunday and Monday, Nov. 18 and 19.
The film 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 1930's nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews with 26 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.
A preview of the film is available at www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl.