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In 1931 the rains stopped and the "black blizzards" began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains--the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the "Dust Bowl."
This American Experience film presents the remarkable story of the determined people who clung to their homes and way of life, enduring drought, dust, disease--even death--for nearly a decade. Less well-known than those who sought refuge in California, typified by the Joad family in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," the Dust Bowlers who stayed overcame an almost unbelievable series of calamities and disasters.
EXCELLENT HISTORY THAT MY FAMILY LIVED THROUGH IN THE DAKOTA'S.......Published 11 months ago by ROBERT MARTIN
I bought a bunch of books and a couple DVDs on the dustbowl through Amazon, and none of them disappointed. This was a very interesting book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Susan Yankle
I liked the movie very much, it gave me some insights to the time in Oklahoma that I did not know. I have shared it with some friends, they would like to order some of the others... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ken
Watching this a while back, I was riveted to this amazing documentary that taught me how the Dust Bowl happened, what happened during it, and how it was finally ended. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ann Sherry
Enlightening...informative...& well documented as I would expect from American Experience. Even if you are familiar with this period in our history the stark images remind you... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dan Holder
A very good documentary of the dusty mid west during the Great Depression years. A good narrative, with actual black and white footage taken at the time of the terrible... Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Bonnie