Ken Burns Classroom


Ken Burns Film: The Dust Bowl

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

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 7-12

Video Run Time: 6:43

Social worker Dorothy Williamson describes her experiences talking with victims of the Dust Bowl. What help there was came from Washington, D.C., with programs such as the CCC, NYA, or WPA. The video clip introduces the controversy surrounding the agencies as government waste, but testimonials from Dust Bowl victims are overwhelmingly in favor of the programs because, in their words, they were “the difference between starving and having food to eat.”