The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

Blu-ray Disc - 2012
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Ken Burns documents the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains, followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews, dramatic photographs, and seldom-seen movie footage bring to life incredible stories of human suffering and perseverance. Includes bonus features
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, 2012
ISBN: 9781608837199
Branch Call Number: DVD 973.917 Dust Blu-ray
Characteristics: 2 Blu-ray discs (4 hr.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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xaipe Aug 31, 2015

It’s not often that a four-hour documentary – much less an historical one – turns out to be as gripping as this. Ken Burns’s series documents the “worst man-made ecological disaster in American history,” chronicling the devastation to America's "bread basket" states in the mid-1930s. Perhaps this period is a portent of things to come in America, as fracking, water depletion, and chemical pesticides threaten the land and people again.

Jan 14, 2015

Oh, yes! - Man and his machines - And would you just look at what thou hast done in the name of progress and agriculture!..... Yes. Thou hast created a state-wide "dust bowl" like never imagined possible.

It sure would've been nice and convenient if man could've guiltlessly shifted the blame for this devastating disaster onto the shoulders of good, old Mother Nature (saying that she was clearly having a very bad hair day that particular decade).... But, no way, Jose.... In this case, man couldn't worm his way out of this mess-of-historical-proportions that easily.

Anyways - Even though "The Dust Bowl" was definitely somewhat over-long with its 240-minute running time, it was still quite an interesting documentary that I'm sure many viewers are going to find quite intriguing to watch.

Through vintage, newsreel footage, 100s of stills, and interviews with, not only historians, but with the very people who were actually present to witness this incredible phenomenon, the viewer soon learns just how this man-made disaster of endless dust storms affected the lives of thousands of American citizens during the Depression Years of the 1930s.

Directed by Ken Burns (for PBS), and narrated by Peter Coyote, The Dust Bowl is a fascinating step back in time to an awesome occurrence that we can only hope will never have a chance to, ever again, repeat itself.

Corey G Brooks Dec 29, 2014

The "Dust Bowl" was a [excel]lent presentation into and aspect American History (Thanks to PBS), and it gave me insight into why a city that is located in New Mexico (Not depicted in the documentary, at least not in exaction.) was uninhibited as of the year Two Thousand - Eleven. Though even more things in which I'm [cognizant] of came to mind.

"'The Fed' under the leadership of 'for. Pres. FDR' seemed to have something great in respects to what would help the Dust Bowl become inhabitable and of agricultaral use...

Aug 18, 2014

Ken Burns is so thorough. He is in a class by himself. You will become the neighbourhood expert after watching any documentary by him!

Infolass Sep 29, 2013

If you have any interest in USA history, Ken Burns docos are a “must watch” in my book. I became a fan many years ago when I watched his Civil War series. His latest informs the depression years of the 1930s and the devastating manmade disaster that resulted in the “dust bowl” and scarily in the last of this four part series predicts the possibility that it may re-occur. As always Burns trademark is apparent with his of detail in an historical photograph panning in or out. In addition to his use of individual stories, first person accounts, historians comments, interviews with people who lived through the experience and film footage. Ken’s details right down to the soundtrack and the voice of narrator Peter Coyote.

With his use of historical photographs, Ken Burns is a master storyteller of American history.

Apr 21, 2013

Dramatized documentary focused on a half dozen or so families during the dust bowl between 1932 to 1938, particularly in 1934 and 1936. Also analysis on causes of the disaster, primarily due to poor farm practices such as deep plowing, and how the New Deal helped to reclaim part of the native grass lands.

Mar 17, 2013

Another outstanding documentary by Burns, this one exploring the disaster that was the Dust Bowl during the Depression. The man-made cataclysm on the Southern Plains and the way it impacted on so many lives is explored and explained, and the film is enhanced greatly by commentary from people who were there and lived through it. Essential viewing for those who enjoy the work of Mr. Burns, or for those who have a curiousity about this period in history.


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