The second part of the documentary series picked up with the continuation of bleak conditions. Boise City in Oklahoma had been named the geographical center of the Dust Bowl. Having less than 10 inches of rainfall a year, this former grassland now fit the definition of a desert. My contacts felt dried out and particle-filled just watching these scenes of unrelenting wind and dirt.
Interviews with survivors revealed the extreme poverty these people lived in. A woman described how her mother made her underwear and dresses from used flour sacks. I was touched by the fact that the flour manufacturers knew that farmers’ wives were repurposing the flour sacks to make clothing so they began to print the sacks with pretty floral patterns. It was a sweet touch of humanity in an otherwise stark reality.