For the better part of a decade, from 1930 to 1936 (and in some locations until 1940), the American Southern plains were rendered barren and void, plundered by careless farming practices and turned to dust by drought. What we came to know as The Dust Bowl was the worst man-made ecological disaster in America to date, in which scores of children were stricken with “dust pneumonia,” and farming families who had tended the land were left penniless, prompting the largest exodus in U.S. history. This mini-series from Ken Burns’ Florentine Films paints a vivid picture of those dark days, while exploring deeper issues regarding our relationships to the land, and to each other.
Partners: Florentine Films, distributed by PBS International
Volume: 4 x 60 minutes
Airing: Fall 2012 (PBS U.S.)
Rights available: Worldwide