The Dust Bowl Episodes

2012, TV Show

The Dust Bowl Episode: "The Great Plow Up"

Season 1, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Part 1 of a two-part documentary detailing the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains and caused massive dust storms during the 1930s. Firsthand stories of survivors, photos and film footage chronicle the era, including the terror that the dust storms brought with them; the desperation faced by families; and how, through it all, folks managed to find hope.
Original Air Date: Nov 18, 2012

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Premiered: November 18, 2012, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Recalling 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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