Ken Burns Classroom

Environmental Catastrophe

Ken Burns Film: The Dust Bowl

Collections: The Great Depression and WWII (1929-1945)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 7-12

Video Run Time: 12:11

As the Great Depression deepens, farmers in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, and Colorado began to feel its effects. A combination of natural and made-made factors turn profitable farming land into a vast wasteland.