Day Three Hundred One

The Plow that Broke the Plains

I had the car in for repairs today and walked home after dropping it off and again to pick it up. I love being close enough to the mechanic that I’m able to walk.

I listened to some more of my audio book, The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. Today’s passage was about the making of the documentary, The Plow that Broke the Plains. After walking, I watched the movie.

The 25 minute movie, made in 1936 by Pare Lorentz, is worth a watch. The movie features real people from the region, and they were payed much-needed wages for their efforts. Some of the scenes feel staged, and it’s a little clunky in parts, but it did draw national attention to the struggles of the people living through the Dust Bowl.

It was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 1999.

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