American Experience: The 1930s 1 Season 2009

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4. Surviving the Dust Bowl TV-G CC

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.

Starring:
Matthew Modine, Liev Schreiber
Runtime:
55 minutes
Original air date:
November 16, 2009

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 16, 2010
Format: DVD
American Experience: The 1930's is an anthology of documentaries on DVD reflecting upon America's history during the turbulent 1930's, an era best known for the crushing impact of the Great Depression. Individual programs examine the stock market crash of 1929 and the dire consequences of unrestrained economic optimism; the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (including personal testimonies from CCC veterans), the story of the Hoover Dam that brought electricity and water to millions in the western U.S., the struggles of American farmers during the severe dust bowl "blizzards" of 1931, and even the remarkable accomplishments of the gifted thoroughbred Seabiscuit. Printable materials for educators round out this excellent and informative collection, ideal for public library DVD shelves. 5 DVDs, 4.5 hours. "The Civilian Conservation Corps" is also available as a stand-alone DVD.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Erickson on March 14, 2010
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If you have an interest in the era and would like to know what your grandparents or great-grandparents had to go through these stunning programs will give you great insight to those times. The greatest generation was forged by these events and went on to do so much for our nation and the world.

American Experience regularly makes some of the best historical program that you can see on TV and a lot of it is worth having at home. Children, teens, young adults and people of all ages need to be reminded about what went before so they don't make the same mistakes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Jefferson on April 13, 2010
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This set has turned out to be better than I expected in its content. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 was fairly well done, with interviews of descendents of the big financiers who took advantage of market conditions to manipulate stocks. Perhaps more of the impact and influence of the U.S. market collapse on the world economy and a little less on the stock manipulators would have improved the presentation.
The Dust Bowl segment is excellent and I have used it in my U.S. History classroom. The rabbit scene captured the student's attention and broke up the dust storm sequences well. Interviews with people who shared their childhood experiences in the Dust Bowl help to personalize the story.
The Hoover Dam and Seabiscuit videos were also very good.
I recommend the set in view of the fact that you get more video for the dollar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 10, 2011
This whole series is just wonderful!! It is fascinating to actually see the history of this country and the strength of its people. We live in such times of plenty and its hard to even imagine such deprevation. However, history does have a way of repeating itself in one form or another. It is good to see the hubris and greed we are capable of and the concomitant results. I felt ashamed of the complaints we hear today in light of these brave families. I definately recommend this to anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thorfinn on March 18, 2012
I had two uncles in the CCC. I have heard many stories about the money from the boys in the CCC being the only thing keeping their families alive. Today I see their work first hand at the National Parks and in the National Forests. It's kinda cool to walk across a beautiful hand hewn bridge which is still standing after so long, which I did last year at a State Park in Illinois.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Kennedy on October 9, 2011
Is interesting to see how many of the same factors that caused the depression: Specualtion, market manipulation by large interests, shady dishonesty fleacing the small invester, were themselves major factors in the mega crash we just had a couple years ago.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JB on September 1, 2013
This proves that FDR was one of the greatest Presidents in history. What this man did for the economy, environment and millions of families will never be forgotten. An excellent documentary.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SpeedoNJ on February 22, 2011
Only so much can be encapsulated in a 55 minute episode, thus this take narrows itself to the "kings" of Wall Street during the Crash. The bulk of the blame goes to the speculators, unregulated, and free to use whatever necessary to drive stock prices up and insure that their profits were sacrosanct. Bankers and journalists were willing accomplices to the spreading furver of "get rich quick" schemes with the guise that it could not end.
The best part of the documentary is the pictorial evidence it provides through old newsreel, clips, and descendant recollections of the time. This keeps this piece moving in an entertaining, if not thoroughly analytical fashion. Specific numerical research is somewhat lacking- only a few stocks were mentioned and very little mathematics are forthcoming.
Overall, more of a Reader's Digest kind of work than a reference.
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