Ken Burns Classroom

Modern Machinery Changes the Southern Plains from Virgin Buffalo Grass to Millions of Acres of Wheat Fields

Ken Burns Film: The Dust Bowl

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

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 7-12

Video Run Time: 4:09

Modern machinery, high wheat prices, and a wet weather cycle made farming easier and more profitable. The result was more land speculation, more acreage turned over to wheat farming, and a blind faith that the good times wouldn’t end, but warning signs were evident.