Mercy Street Season 2, Episode 1 GIF Recap

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Catch up on the Mercy Street Season 2 premiere, Balm in Gilead, with an episode recap.

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Is Anybody Looking? Runaway Slaves and the Refugee Crisis in Civil War America

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Anya Jabour, Ph.D., explains how most contraband camps were dismal if not downright dangerous places, and how Union authorities were unprepared for the influx of refugees—particularly those who could not be recruited into the ranks of the Union Army. From Fulton, Missouri, one Union captain wrote to his senior officer: “What are we to do with the women and children?”

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Charlotte Jenkins is the Metaphorical Balm in Gilead

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Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, discusses the significance of a new character in Season 2, Charlotte Jenkins, based off of the historic figure Harriet Jacobs.

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Blood Transfusions During the American Civil War

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Shauna Devine, Ph.D., delves into how developing ideas about science shaped research and experimental medicine during the Civil War.

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Singing in Slavery: Songs of Survival, Songs of Freedom

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry examines how song was used by slaves to both communicate and express feeling in the moment, as well as and pass history down through generations.

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Dressing Up for War: Living Life in a Hoop Skirt and Corsets

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Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., tells how dressing up as an extra for Mercy Street gave her new insights into the lives and restrictions of 19th century women.

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