Peter Coyote as Himself - Narrator; Carolyn McCormick as Caroline Henderson; Calvin Crabill as Himself - Resident of Prowers County / CO; R. Douglas Hurt as Himself - Historian; Pamela Riney-Kehrberg as Herself - Historian; Imogene Glover as Herself - Resident of Texas County / OK; Wayne Lewis as Himself - Resident of Beaver County / OK; William Forester as Himself - Son of Harry Forester; Pauline Hodges as Herself - Resident of Beaver County / OK; Trixie Travis Brown as Herself - Lipscomb County / TX; Clarence Beck as Himself - Residen of Cimarron County / OK; Robert Forester as Himself - Son of Harry Forester; Shirley Forester McKenzie as Herself - Resident of Texas County / OK; Pauline Durrett Robertson as Herself - Resident of Potter County / TX; Dorothy Kleffman as Herself - Resident of Texas County / OK
NR (Not Rated)
Buddy Squires; Stephen McCarthy
The Dust Bowl chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains, followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Menacing black blizzards killed farmersï¿½ crops and livestock, threatened the lives of their children, and forced thousands of desperate families to pick up and move somewhere else. Vivid interviews with more than two dozen survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. The Dust Bowl, a four-hour, two-episode documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains usï¿½a lesson we ignore at our peril.