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Ken Burns Dust Bowl documentary: when profits override the environment

Ken Burns Dust Bowl documentary: when profits override the environment

The grass covered Oklahoma prairie was new to most citizens of the recently reunited United States of America in the days following the turn of the 20th Century. Buffalo grass covered the ground, its roots woven through an area a foot below the surface, slaking the grassy thirst and stitching the ground in place during dry spells. But the soil was fertile, and wheat commanded a profitable price. World War I started, and the federal government wanted the land farmed,…

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