Two farmers harvesting grain with farm equipment. Costilla County, Colorado. October 1939. Credits: Arthur Rothstein; The Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Farmers interested in learning about the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history should tune in to “The Dust Bowl” documentary Nov. 18-19 on Alabama Public Television (APT).
Directed by Ken Burns, the two-part documentary will air at 7 p.m. both nights and chronicles the environmental catastrophe that destroyed farmlands of the Great Plains throughout the 1930s.
Written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan, “The Dust Bowl” tells the story of heroic perseverance against enormous odds: farm families who found ways to survive and hold on to their land; national and local government programs that kept hungry families afloat; and a partnership between government agencies and farmers to develop new farming and conservation methods. Vivid interviews with 26 survivors, dramatic photographs and rare movie footage fill the four-hour broadcast.
APT’s broadcast of “The Dust Bowl” is supported by the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts comprised of supervisors from the 67 conservation soil and water districts in the state.