Ken Burns Classroom

The Dust Bowl

Ken Burns Film: The Dust Bowl

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

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 7-12

Video Run Time: 5:09

The Dust Bowl was a decade-long natural catastrophe of biblical proportions and the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. Set in the first thirty years of the 20th century, a period of economic boom and bust, it is a classic tale of humans pushing too hard against nature and nature pushing back