American Experience: Surviving the Dust Bowl

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Overview

The American Experience presents Surviving the Dust Bowl, a one-hour account of the farmers of the Southern Plains who endured extraordinary conditions during the 1930s. This video traces the families as they traveled to the Plains in search of the good life. Finding rich topsoil, they felt they had hit gold and began plowing the land to sow their seeds of success. But unpredictable weather patterns and abusive farming techniques took them by surprise. Following a short-lived spell of bountiful crops, drought ...
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Overview

The American Experience presents Surviving the Dust Bowl, a one-hour account of the farmers of the Southern Plains who endured extraordinary conditions during the 1930s. This video traces the families as they traveled to the Plains in search of the good life. Finding rich topsoil, they felt they had hit gold and began plowing the land to sow their seeds of success. But unpredictable weather patterns and abusive farming techniques took them by surprise. Following a short-lived spell of bountiful crops, drought replaced the rains. Viewers learn about the unrelenting heat that turned the soil into dust because of overplowing. Then high winds whipped the dust into blinding storms so thick that people were coughing up dirt. Viewers experience the disillusionment that sent some packing for California, while others died of disease. But the majority of survivors stayed, their drive still thriving. Surviving the Dust Bowl explains the practical and drastic measures that kept these livelihoods and spirits afloat. ~ Brooke Hodess
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Special Features

Printable material for educators; Scene selection; Access to the American Experience web site; Closed captions
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • UPC: 783421418196
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,072

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liev Schreiber Voice Only
Technical Credits
Michael Bacon Score Composer
Chana Gazit Producer, Screenwriter
David Steward Co-producer, Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Experience: Survivng the Dust Bowl
1. Introduction [1:09]
2. Settling the Southern Plains [10:30]
3. Arrival of the Dust Storms [12:51]
4. Destruction and Death [16:00]
5. Saving the Land [12:53]
6. Credits [1:03]
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Disc #1 -- American Experience: Survivng the Dust Bowl
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