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Dust Bowl, The 4x52

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. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.

The Dust Bowl is worthwhile not merely as it documents past perseverance but also as it informs future struggles.” — The Washington Post

“An important record of a receding era.” — The Wall Street Journal

“It’s not often that a four-hour documentary—let alone a historical one—turns out to be as gripping as this.” — The Telegraph

From Ken Burns.