Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Dust Bowl: A Film By Ken Burns

Tonight, Sunday, November 18, starting at 8/7C, on PBS, The Dust Bowl: A Film by Ken Burns premieres.

A couple years ago I watched a documentary about the Dust Bowl on the History Channel. I have long known of the Dust Bowl, I have known people directly effected by the Dust Bowl, people who escaped the Dust Bowl from Kansas by migrating to the Pacific Northwest, but until I saw the documentary about the Dust Bowl on the History Channel I did not realize how horribly terrifying and deadly it was to experience the Dust Bowl.

Manmade climate change deniers, like Rush Dimbulb, might find viewing this latest Ken Burns film to be instructive.

Below is a blurb from the PBS Ken Burns Dust Bowl website...

"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."

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