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Reaping the Whirlwind

Black Sunday was only halfway through the decade-long crisis. The storms continued. The Great Depression still affected people. Government programs were instituted to help. Learn what FDR’s administration did to try to keep the southern Plains from becoming a North American Sahara desert. Find out why some residents finally decided they had to give up and move somewhere else and how some held on.
Season 1 Episode 2 Length 1:55:45 Premiere: 11/19/12

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Funding is provided by Bank of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Rockefeller Foundation, Wallace Genetic Foundation and members of The Better Angels Society, including the Dana A. Hamel Family Charitable Trust and Robert and Beverly Grappone.

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The Dust Bowl

About The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the Great Plow-Up, followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.

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Season 1 Episodes

Reaping the Whirlwind

S1 E2 Length 1:55:45 Premiere Date 11/19/12

The Great Plow-Up

S1 E1 Length 1:55:15 Premiere Date 11/18/12

Reaping the Whirlwind | Preview

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 11/19/12

Mr. Huff

Clip Length 04:33 Premiere Date 10/1/12

Mechanized Agriculture

Clip Premiere Date 11/18/12

Making The Dust Bowl | Eyewitnesses

Preview Length 06:45 Premiere Date 11/18/12

Extended Look

Preview Length 01:43 Premiere Date 11/18/12

First Look | Just Like Midnight

Preview Length 00:20 Premiere Date 11/18/12

First Look | End of the World's Coming

Preview Length 00:20 Premiere Date 11/18/12

First Look | Suffocating Blackness

Preview Length 00:20 Premiere Date 11/18/12

Official Trailer

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 11/18/12

Roosevelt Weather

Clip Length 00:50 Premiere Date 11/18/12

Recollection

Clip Premiere Date 11/18/12

The Wheat Bubble Burst

Clip Premiere Date 11/18/12

The Depression Comes to the Southern Plains

Clip Length 05:45 Premiere Date 11/18/12

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