The Dust Bowl
I just finished watching the second two hour part of Ken Burn's documentary on PBS. I'm sure it will be rerun many times , and I highly recommend it. It will have you in tears. I don't think I knew that the cause was man made. I vaguely knew the years and the states, read The Grapes of Wrath and saw many still photos, but this was mesmerizing. You figure it happened 80 years ago so the people still alive were children then . It was good to get the story before they're gone.
I had no idea the "Oakies" who went to California were very discriminated against. One sign in a theater said "No Ni--ers and Oakies. Those people who remained were tough. The very sad part was it could and probably will happen again. The aquifer under these states will dry up in 20 years, experts say.
You could wipe dirt from Oklahoma off cars on the east coast. Just a terrifying time, and the drought lasted a decade. One old lady said it rained the other night, and she loves rain now since they were without it for much of her childhood.