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Reel America: The Plow That Broke the Plains - 1936

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1936 Documentary directed by Pare Lorenz

1936 Documentary directed by Pare Lorenz

Washington, DC
Sunday, March 2, 2014

This 1936 U.S. Resettlement Administration documentary tells the history of the great plains region from the 1880s to the Dust Bowl of the early 1930s in order to showcase New Deal programs.

In 1999, "The Plow That Broke the Plains" was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation by the National Film Registry because it is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Written and directed by Pare Lorentz, this was the first film that the U.S. government produced for commercial release and distribution.

Updated: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 9:25am (ET)

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