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American Experience; Surviving the Dust Bowl


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American Experience
Surviving the Dust Bowl
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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They were called "Black Blizzards," dark clouds reaching miles into the sky, churning millions of tons of dirt into torrents of destruction. For 10 years, beginning in 1930, dust storms ravaged the parched and overplowed southern plains, turning bountiful wheat fields into desert. Disease, hardship and death followed, yet the majority of people stayed on, steadfastly refusing to give up on the land and a way of life.

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Chicago: “American Experience; Surviving the Dust Bowl,” 01/31/1998, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E3B9135F33C84271B699532D630D38BE.
MLA: “American Experience; Surviving the Dust Bowl.” 01/31/1998. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E3B9135F33C84271B699532D630D38BE>.
APA: American Experience; Surviving the Dust Bowl. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E3B9135F33C84271B699532D630D38BE
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