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Ken Burns has a new documentary entitled "The Dustbowl". It is on PBS and is a must see for anyone with Oklahoma ties. Although I've read "Grapes of Wrath" and studied about this era in our history, this is a really powerful series that contains both photos and video taken during this catastrophe. Seeing this was so much more impactfull than anything I've read about the subject. I marvel at the courage, tenacity and resiliance shown by our parents and grandparents as they struggled through this man-made disaster. It is also a prime example of the role of government in dealing with the human suffering. Whether our parents and grandparents stayed in Oklahoma or struck out for California, it took incredible courage just to stay alive and feed the children.
On this Thanksgiving, I guarantee this film will give you a lot to be thankful for, while at the same time posing the question for you to ponder, "How did they cope?".
"America is a country that was designed by geniuses so that it could be run by idiots.”
Any idea when this runs again? I searched but couldn't find much other than ordering the DVD
"You can come to Oklahoma and win championships or you can go somewhere else and watch us win championships"
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I watched the series, also. We live in southwest Kansas and both of my in-laws lived through it in the Oklahoma panhandle. Their stories go right along with the tv series. We should be proud of the ones who lived through that time and place.
This post was edited by libsooner on 11/22/2012 at 11:22 AM
I live in Oregon and that is why I HATE the word Okie, because they were treated like second class people on the west coast.
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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