Ken Burns: the Dust Bowl

Ken Burns: the Dust Bowl

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Director: Ken Burns, Kevin Burns

Cast: Ken Burns, Kevin Burns

     
 

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Award-winning documentarian Ken Burns turns his attention to one of the most depressing eras in American history in The Dust Bowl, explaining how a combination of human decisions and unexpected draught led to a disastrous period that wiped out large swaths of farms and livestock, compounding the financial hardships faced by many people at that time.“The Dust…  See more details below

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Award-winning documentarian Ken Burns turns his attention to one of the most depressing eras in American history in The Dust Bowl, explaining how a combination of human decisions and unexpected draught led to a disastrous period that wiped out large swaths of farms and livestock, compounding the financial hardships faced by many people at that time.“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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2012
UPC:
0841887017213
Original Release:
2012
Source:
Pbs (Direct)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
4:00:00
Sales rank:
1,323

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Disc #1 -- Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl
1. Chapter 1 [1:02]
2. Introduction [5:02]
3. The Great Plow-Up [10:10]
4. Wheat Boom [10:25]
5. The Great Depression [7:02]
6. Two Midnights In A Jug [8:02]
7. Hard Times [2:58]
8. More Storms [5:07]
9. Those Weren't Rain Clouds [8:59]
10. Now, Give Us Water [5:56]
11. They Killed The Stock [6:57]
12. The Battle Against Hope [3:19]
13. Dust Pneumonia [6:35]
14. The End Of The World [10:38]
15. Dust Bowl Gets Its Name [13:18]
16. Credits [3:35]
17. Chapter 17 [3:53]
Disc #2 -- Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl
1. Chapter 1 [1:01]
2. Introduction [6:53]
3. Reaping The Whirlwind [10:34]
4. The New Deal [5:03]
5. Memory And Hope [8:53]
6. Leaving [9:03]
7. Canaan Land [12:34]
8. The Hardy Ones [5:40]
9. Well, They Got That Right [6:24]
10. Okies [6:21]
11. Woody Guthrie [7:56]
12. Higher Ground [9:53]
13. Return Of The Rain [10:01]
14. The Western Gate [10:07]
15. Credits [3:44]

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Ken Burns: the Dust Bowl 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
zoreck More than 1 year ago
I watched this film with the expectation that it would disappoint me as so many other films had. However, this film was a total surprise! The film kept my interest., I learned alot from it. If you wish to understand the great depression you have to also understand the affects of the great "Dust Bowl" It is appalling that it was so huge in scope and so much land destroyed. The affects were profound and would be for many years to come. It takes into account the actions of the government, personal experiences of daily life..and I found at the end of this film that I had learned more about that period then I had from most of the studying I had done.  It is broken down into time frames and how it all unfolded. It is as good a film as can be gotten on this era and is very powerful and compelling. If you want to know more about that era, the great depression and the " Dust bowl" this is simply the best teaching  tool or to learn from!