A letter from Ken Burns
Eighty years ago, America experienced the worst manmade environmental catastrophe in our history. A decade-long drought and massive dust storms turned the nation’s breadbasket into what would become known as The Dust Bowl. On November 18 and 19 2012, PBS will broadcast The Dust Bowl, our new film that shares the compelling stories of those who lived through this tragedy. The human suffering was enormous. Dust storms took away farmers’ land and killed their children. Perhaps most tragic is that this disaster was preventable. But in this despair were also seeds of hope and heroism–those who forged ahead to start new lives in other parts of the country, and those who figured out ways against all odds to reclaim the land.
This film, made with my longtime collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey, would not have been possible without the generous support of Bank of America. As always, we are grateful to Bank of America for helping us tell these important stories of America’s past, so that we might better understand our present and envision our future.
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