The Dust Bowl 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 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
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Sanora Babb returns to her childhood home during the depression
Tex Pace left the panhandle for CA and worked as a orange picker near Visalia, CA
Learn about Arthur Rothstein.
Learn about Caroline Henderson.
What lessons can we take from what happened during the Dust Bowl?
During the Great Depression FDR's administration sought to document the economic crisis.
Learn about Sanor Babb.
FDR was greeted with signs along the road saying "You gave us beer. Now give us water."
An introduction to Ken Burns THE DUST BOWL
Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan discuss making The Dust Bowl
No matter their state of origin, during the 1930s all newcomers were dubbed Okies in CA
In the introduction to episode two Woody Guthrie sings "The Great Dust Storm"