photograph: Black Sunday dust storm approaching Ulysses, Kansas, April 14, 1935

The worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, the 1930’s Dust Bowl destroyed farmlands in the Great Plains, turned prairies into deserts, and unleashed a pattern of massive, deadly dust storms that for many seemed to herald the end of the world. Hear from survivors of the storms and learn about the changing market and weather conditions that contributed to the catastrophe at this interactive companion website to Ken Burns’ NEH funded documentary The Dust Bowl

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