Ken Burns Classroom

The Depression Comes to the Southern Plains

Ken Burns Film: The Dust Bowl

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

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 7-12

Video Run Time: 5:45

The wheat harvest of 1932 is a double disaster as prices continue to drop and a drought begins. Banks and other businesses fail throughout the nation. As the Depression deepens, farmers break tradition by electing a Democrat, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, for president.