Mercy Street Season 2, Episode 2 GIF Recap

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Catch up on Episode 2, The House Guest, with an episode recap. Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Typhoid Fever and the American Civil War

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Shauna Devine, Ph.D., explains the history of typhoid treatment around the Civil War era and whether victims ever recovered.

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Southern Women as Secret Agents

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Anya Jabour, Ph.D., details how southern women frequently served as secret agents in the Civil War, using every means possible to demonstrate their patriotism—whether that meant supporting the Confederacy or remaining loyal to the Union.

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Frederick Douglass, American Citizen

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Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., explores the rise of Frederick Douglass from slave to author, abolitionist, suffragist, and citizen.

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The Road was Rugged and Full of Thorns: Learning to Live Free

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Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, discusses the transitions newly freed slaves had to make, including education, finding work, discovering their new rights, and learning to maneuver within society.

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Contraband: The Ownership and Division of Human Beings

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry looks at how the term "Contraband" came to be, and the hardship, and sometimes impossibility, of marriage during slavery.

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