The Dust Bowl

2012, TV Show

Latest News

Ken Burns Explores the Great Depression in The Dust Bowl

The iconic photos from the southern plains states during the Great Depression say it all: the haunted eyes of weary mothers, children with their faces wrapped against the choking dust and families piling their belongings into trucks and heading to California.

In the two-part documentary The Dust Bowl, filmmaker Ken Burns (The Civil War, Baseball, Prohibition) focuses on the nearly decade-long drought that, coupled with unsustainable farming techniques, destroyed millions of acres in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.  Read Full Article

Videos

Free | PBS Posted: 5/2/2014

Survey the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in U.S. history: the catastrophic dust storms of the 1930s.

Free | PBS Posted: 5/2/2014

Arthur Rothstein was 21 years old when he went to No Man's Land to take pictures for the federal government's Resettlement Administration.

Free | PBS Posted: 5/2/2014

During the Great Depression FDR's administration sought to document the economic crisis. Roosevelt's Farm Security Administration (FSA) was put in charge of the effort, which employed some of the country's most talented photographers.

Free | PBS Posted: 5/2/2014

Survey the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in U.S. history: the catastrophic dust storms of the 1930s.

TV Listings

Loading...

News

Ken Burns Explores the Great Depression in The Dust Bowl

The iconic photos from the southern plains states during the Great Depression say it all: the haunted eyes of weary mothers, children with their faces wrapped against the choking dust and families piling their belongings into trucks and heading to California.

In the two-part documentary The Dust Bowl, filmmaker Ken Burns (The Civil War, Baseball, Prohibition) focuses on the nearly decade-long drought that, coupled with unsustainable farming techniques, destroyed millions of acres in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. read more

Are You Watching?

Loading ...
Premiered: November 18, 2012, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
User Rating: (6 ratings)
Add Your Rating: 1 stars2 stars3 stars4 stars5 stars
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.

Cast

Shop

Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl
Buy Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl from Amazon.com
From Pbs (Direct) (DVD)
Usually ships in 24 hours
Buy New: $12.70 (as of 8:40 AM EST - more info)

More Products

TV GUIDE Users' Most Popular