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1930's Set: The Crash of 1929, The Civilian Conservation Corps, Hoover Dam, Surviving the Dust Bowl, and Seabiscuit. Beginning with the stock market collapse of 1929, The 1930s looks at the creation of FDR's Tree Army; the construction of one of the greatest engineering projects of the modern era; the impact of the catastrophic drought that transformed the plains; and an unlikely hero that gave downtrodden Americans hope. This collection of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE films examines America's response to the unprecedented threats facing the nation during one of history's most tumultuous decades--one that is increasingly a touchstone for our own. The Crash of 1929: In 1929 there were few critics of the stock market; it seemed to rise without limits. In fact, presidents and economists alike confidently predicted that America would soon enter a "New Era" when everyone could be rich. But when reality finally struck, the consequences of such unbound optimism shocked the world. The Civilian Conservation Corps: Interweaving rich archival imagery with the personal accounts of Civilian Conservation Corps veterans, this film tells the story of one of the boldest and most popular New Deal experiments, positioning it as a pivotal moment in the emergence of modern environmentalism and federal unemployment relief. Hoover Dam: An ambitious engineer turned a ragtag army of unemployed into a celebrated work force to create the Hoover Dam, a colossus rising 700 feet above the Colorado River that became a beacon of hope in dire times, bringing electricity and water to millions in the U.S. west. Surviving the Dust Bowl: In 1931 the rains stopped and the "black blizzards" began. Less well-known than those who sought refuge in California, typified by the Joad family in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," the Dust Bowlers stayed and overcame an almost a decade of unbelievable calamities and disasters, enduring drought, dust, disease--even death--determined to preserve their way of life. Seabiscuit: Despite his boxy build, stumpy legs, scraggly tail and ungainly gait, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. His fabulously wealthy owner Charles Howard, his famously silent and stubborn trainer Tom Smith, and the two hard-bitten, gifted jockeys who rode him to glory turned Seabiscuit into a national hero.