Free Dust Bowl Resources from PBS
Angela Hanshaw | September 18, 2012
The Dust Bowl, a two-part, four-hour documentary series by Ken Burns, chronicles the environmental catastrophe that, throughout the 1930s, destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains, turned prairies into deserts, and unleashed a pattern of massive, deadly dust storms that for many seemed to herald the end of the world. It was the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. The documentary includes vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, to 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.
For libraries interested in developing programming around the series, PBS is pleased to provide a limited number of clip reels, postcards, and discussion points to libraries, available upon request. DVDs will be available in October for use in November. To order, please contact Anne Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.998.2458.
The Dust Bowl will air November 18 and 19, 2012, from 8–10 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). For more information, visit the The Dust Bowl website.
Angela Hanshaw is Program Officer/Web Editor for the ALA Public Programs Office.
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