Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Dust Bowl

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Did anyone watch the PBS special on The Dust Bowl?  It has been on our local station the last two nights and what an amazing program.  Ken Burns does such a great job on documentaries.

"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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I had no idea the dust bowl lasted almost ten years and the amount of dust that was deposited is unfathomable.  Last night, they said during one storm over 14 inches of dust was deposited in just a couple of hours, can you imagine?  The dust was everywhere, in your clothes, your bed, your food (if you had any), the pictures are astonishing and shocking.  What resonated with me the most, was this was our fault and experts believe it could happen again!  How frightening that we learned nothing!

If you get a chance, watch the program, it was riveting.   

1 comment:

  1. We have it on the DVR. Living in Oklahoma we have bad dust storms still but not anything like that nowadays.