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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:46 AM

Re: Ken Burn's 'Dust Bowl'... NEVER Give Short Shrift... To The People Who Were Actually There !!!

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/


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Reply Re: Ken Burn's 'Dust Bowl'... NEVER Give Short Shrift... To The People Who Were Actually There !!! (Original post)
WillyT Nov 2012 OP
SheilaT Nov 2012 #1
Cracklin Charlie Nov 2012 #2
WillyT Nov 2012 #3
pipoman Nov 2012 #5
AngryOldDem Nov 2012 #11
pipoman Nov 2012 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #6
Iwillnevergiveup Nov 2012 #7
DollarBillHines Nov 2012 #8
JohnnyRingo Nov 2012 #9
AngryOldDem Nov 2012 #10
madokie Nov 2012 #12
malaise Nov 2012 #18
madokie Nov 2012 #19
Whovian Nov 2012 #13
vanlassie Nov 2012 #14
a kennedy Nov 2012 #17
a kennedy Nov 2012 #15
OldDem2012 Nov 2012 #16

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:58 AM

1. Haven't had a chance to see it.

But I have read The Worst Hard Time which is amazing.

Plus, I had the occasion to drive through parts of the country mentioned in that book.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:58 AM

2. My mother in law grew up in Western Kansas,

just north of the "no man's land" from the film. She has told me many times about the rabbit drives, which makes me think that those events must have been an image, from her childhood, that was very traumatic for her.

When I saw that incident in the film, it made me think that participating in these rabbit drives must have given the men involved some sense of accomplishment, at a time in their lives when accomplishments were in very short supply.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:19 AM

3. Thank You !!!


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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:23 AM

5. The sad part is the rarity of seeing jack rabbits, to this day..

not a common sight anywhere in Kansas.

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Response to pipoman (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:25 AM

11. That was just astounding.

I couldn't help but wonder whether those hunts served a dual purpose: Get rid of the rabbits and get rid of pent-up frustration and anger.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:20 AM

4. Renovating a 120 year old house

on the prairie, the attic and the walls have inches of dust, most from the 30's I believe. Good film, I taped it and just finished it.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:22 AM

6. I just finished watching the first episode, and many were interviewed who were there...

It is a horrifying story, and also very sad.

People died from "dust pneumonia" and a fair number took their own lives because they had lost their livelihoods and their pride.

Nevertheless, I do highly recommend it. It's a bit of American history that I was mostly unaware of.



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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:21 AM

7. Ken Burns

has done another magnificent job in educating us about our history.

Part 2 on Monday night - not to be missed. Thanks for posting link.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:46 AM

8. I had my Grandfather's picture on the table...

I touched it a few times...

He would have known what I meant.
DBH

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:59 AM

9. I watched it.

Ken Burns is always great, but this is his best in my opinion.
Imagine if republicans successfully cut funding for this kind of programming.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:24 AM

10. This part of the Depression is overlooked.

It's only mentioned in passing. I learned so much from watching it last night. The economic toll, and the human toll, were astounding.

I'm glad that someone is getting these first-hand recollections before this particular generation is all gone. They have lived through and seen so much in their lifetimes, and can offer us perspectives that would otherwise be lost, that they are truly national treasures.

You cannot cut funding to PBS. For what little money it **does** get, it provides SO much.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:31 AM

12. My Mother and Dad lived through this nightmare

I've heard the stories that Burns is giving us many times as our parents didn't want us to be party to anything that would ultimately cause anything like this. This was a rich, man made, tragedy

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Response to madokie (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:11 AM

18. Greed kills

Abuse nature and nature will abuse you.
I cried when they showed that beautiful one year old girl who died.
Excellent documentary - I won't miss Part 2

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Response to malaise (Reply #18)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:50 AM

19. Many tears shed during part 1, looking forward to part 2

Its so heartbreaking to think that fellow citizens could be so cruel as the banksters and wall streeters were.
I guess it really is a cruel world afterall

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:59 AM

13. Thank you for the heads up for me. I missed part one but it will be

 

replayed on my local station come Tuesday DVR is set for both episodes.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:09 AM

14. I never realized the man made origins of the dust bowl.

Native Americans knew the land needed the grasses to hold the water and topsoil in place. Running bison was fine but plowing and trying to reseed was a disaster given the winds and droughts.

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #14)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:03 AM

17. I was struck by how just the type of plowing they switched to made a huge difference.

The first type was plowed deep and the dirt was spread to both sides, then to plant faster and more, they changed to a type that was half the depth and only pushed the dirt to one side....really made a differenced in how strong the plants would be to hold up against the terribly strong winds. Can see now how really bad of an idea it was. But....that's our mantra...faster, not always better. So sad.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:00 AM

15. I'm looking forward to it tonight...

I couldn't get over how many times "the government" was mentioned....as HELPING out, as in GIVING ADVISE, as in doing what THE GOVERNMENT DOES BEST in times of distress.......and you'd think now the government is a dirty word. Ugh.... although, I do think that with the agriculture bill looming, I think the dust bowl was the beginning of the huge subsidies some giant farms get now. Love all of Ken Burns work.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:03 AM

16. Very well done. nt.

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