Did you watch The Dust Bowl by movie producer Ken Burns?? It was on PBS earlier this evening. I was sitting on the edge of my chair–horrified by what I was seeing!! Yes, I knew about the event but never knew the depth of the tragedy. I experienced the strangest sensation: I smelled the dust, I had trouble breathing.
My maternal grandparents left “the panhandle” of Oklahoma prior to the events pictured in The Dust Bowl. But I realize I have extended family that lived through those devastating circumstances. In my pursuit of family history, I visited that area.
Kudos to Ken Burns, and collaborators, for this fine presentation.
Postscript, Monday, November 19, 2012, 10:00 PM: I just watched the second part of the PBS film regarding The Dust Bowl. I’ve followed Ken Burns’ presentations on The National Parks, The Civil War, etc. I admire the dedication of this man and his co-laborers. I praise PBS for superior programming when (IMHO) the major networks present trashy television.