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Surviving the Dust Bowl

Season 10 Episode 8 | 51m 28s | Video has closed captioning.

The Dust Bowl brought drought, dust, disease and death to the Midwest for nearly a decade.

Aired: 11/15/09

Expires: 08/30/25

Rating: NR

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