The Dust Bowl

July 2015
51:55

Ep4

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The Hardy Ones - With the dust storms still ravishing their land, their homes and their family, many of those affected had a tough decision to make; leave in search of a better life or stay and face the seemingly never-ending storms. By 1936, nearly a quarter of the people living in the southern Plains had begun to leave. Many headed for California, a land supposedly full of jobs and opportunity. Nevertheless, around 75 per cent of those enduring intense hardship decided to stay put and retain ...
June 2015
51:55

Ep3

Expired 3.0 36 x
Reaping the Whirlwind - Filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. As the Great Depression continued into 1935, the inhabitants of the southern Plains also had to contend with 'black blizzards', violent dust storms that wiped out crops and livestock. They felt their plight had been forgotten by President Roosevelt as the drought intensified and many decided the only solution was to leave their homes and head for a land with plentiful water and wor...
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S1 Ep2

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Dust to Eat - Filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. By 1933, the people of the southern plains were already weary of the year-long drought that had withered their crops and turned their fields to dust. The prosperous years of bountiful harvests and high wheat prices were still fresh in the memory, with farmers remaining optimistic even as the Great Depression gripped the country and farm prices collapsed. Unfortunately the worst was yet to co...
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S1 Ep1

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The Great Plow-Up - Filmmaker Ken Burns 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 survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen film footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. (From the US) (Doc...
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