The Dust Bowl chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history
Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan, Julie Dunfey and Susan Shumaker talk about making The Dust Bowl.
Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan discuss making The Dust Bowl
In the introduction to episode two Woody Guthrie sings "The Great Dust Storm"
Woody Guthrie: Okies
No matter their state of origin, during the 1930s all newcomers were dubbed Okies in CA
FDR tours the Dust Bowl.
The Dust Bowl was the worst man made ecological disaster in American History.
With the dust storms, midday turned into midnight.
Those caught in the dust thought the end of the world was upon them.
The dust storms were so severe they could suffocate those trapped out of doors.
Meet some of the people who lived in the Great Plains.
Modern machinery made wheat farming more efficient and profitable.
The stock market crashed on what came to be called Black Tuesday.
Wheat prices continue to fall and a drought begins the farmers look to FDR for relief.
The Dust Bowl Intro
The Dust Bowl was a decade-long natural catastrophe of biblical proportions.
The Great Plains goes through a boom period.
Modern machinery made farming more profitable.
As the Great Depression sets in, farmers on the Great Plains begin to feel its effects.
Social worker Dorothy Williamson describes her experiences in the Dust Bowl
In 1935, 850 million acres of topsoil are swept off the Great Plains.
In the summer of 1936, Roosevelt takes a whistle-stop tour across the Midwest.
By 1937, the Dust Bowl farmers are asking for government help.
Woody Guthrie sings “I Ain’t Got No Home” and talks about migrant families traveling.
Woody Guthrie moves to Los Angeles in the second half of the 1930s.
Land prices are going up and people say the climate is undergoing a permanent shift.
Hear from Timothy Egan about how Boise City was marketed to people.
Wheat Will Win the War
Learn about what caused "The Great Plow Up" and the slogan "Wheat Will Win the War."
Learn how modern machinery made farming more efficient.
Calvin Crabill talks about how his father drove a tractor at night to try to get ahead.
Learn about the two types of plows farmers used.
The dust storms start rolling into the southern Great Plains.
Low Valued Wheat
Even thought wheat prices had plummeted, farmers went back to work in the fall.
Plagues of jack rabbits swarmed the great plains destroying everything in their path.
Property values in Boise City decline by 90%.
Multiple suicides took place during the Dust Bowl in the southern Great Plains.
Hear from Donald Worster about the increasing number of dust storms the area faced.
Sunday April 14, 1935 became known as Black Sunday.
Dorthy Williamson discusses working in the southern Great Plains during the dust bowl.
New Deal Programs
Help came to the Great Plains by way of New Deal programs.
New Farming Techniques
Howard Finnell introduced farmers to new farming techniques.
"Do you have enough gas money?" Some people moved west to get away from the storms.
They Were Good People
As people moved west many areas were left with dwindling populations.
Some people packed up their families and headed west.
Hugh Bennett went on a fact finding trip through the Great Plains in search of a solution.
People who moved to CA were known as Okies.
The government hired photographers to capture the movement to CA.
Some people were arrested on the CA border for not having enough money.
Some of the people who went to CA got jobs giving them a fresh start.
Sanora Babb sent chapters of her book back to New York, but is delayed for another novel.
Everyone had different opinions about the New Deal programs.
FDR Visits the Dust Bowl
The rains followed FDR on his second trip to the Dust Bowl.
More hope came to the dust bowl after a snowstorm hit the Great Plains.
What have we learned from the Dust Bowl?
Trixie Travis Brown talks about her father moving to Follett, TX.
Trixie Travis Brown Talks About Dust Storms.
Trixie Travis Brown Talks About Housekeeping.
Trixie Travis Brown Talks About Black Sunday.
Trixie Travis Brown Talks About Sunday After Church.
Trixie Travis Brown Talks About Almost Moving to Idaho.
Robert Boots McCoy talks about the southern Great Plains.
Robert Boots McCoy talks about dust storms.
Robert Boots McCoy talks about the jack rabbits.
Robert Boots McCoy talks about when the rains returned.
The Coens talk about how they ended up in the southern Great Plains.
Floyd Coen talks about having a big family.
Floyd Coen talks about dust storms.
Dale Coen talks about dust storms.
The Coen Brothers talk about jack rabbits.
Dale Coen reads a poem he thinks his mother wrote.
Dale Coen reads a poem by his mother about why she moved to the Great Plains.
Sanora Babb joins the Farm Security Administration to help refugees.
Learn about Caroline Henderson.
Learn about Arthur Rothstein.
Robert Boots McCoy talks about wheat prices.
Robert Boots McCoy talks about burning cow chips.
During the Great Depression FDR's administration sought to document the economic crisis.
Feel the full force of the worst manmade environmental disaster in America’s history.
FDR was greeted with signs along the road saying "You gave us beer. Now give us water."
What lessons can we take from what happened during the Dust Bowl?
Raymond Huff hired the entire town to build the new high school in Clayton, New Mexico.
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
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