16 episodes

America is divided, and it always has been. We're going back to the moment when that split turned into war. This is Uncivil: Gimlet Media's new history podcast, hosted by journalists Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika. We ransack the official version of the Civil War, and take on the history you grew up with. We bring you untold stories about covert operations, corruption, resistance, mutiny, counterfeiting, antebellum drones, and so much more. And we connect these forgotten struggles to the political battlefield we’re living on right now.

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    • 4.9 • 192 Ratings

America is divided, and it always has been. We're going back to the moment when that split turned into war. This is Uncivil: Gimlet Media's new history podcast, hosted by journalists Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika. We ransack the official version of the Civil War, and take on the history you grew up with. We bring you untold stories about covert operations, corruption, resistance, mutiny, counterfeiting, antebellum drones, and so much more. And we connect these forgotten struggles to the political battlefield we’re living on right now.

    Introducing Resistance: Is It Too Revolutionary?

    Introducing Resistance: Is It Too Revolutionary?

    Hey Uncivil listeners! We want to share a new show we think you’ll love, made by one of our producers. Resistance is a show about refusing to accept things as they are. Stories from the front lines of the movement for Black lives, told by the generation fighting for change. In this first episode, 22-year-old Chi Ossé goes out to protest and the trajectory of his life is changed forever. If you like this episode, follow now on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 41 min
    The Ring

    The Ring

    Two brilliant women—one black, one white—assemble a spy ring in the rebel capital of Richmond, Virginia that eventually attempts a ‘mission impossible’ inside the military planning rooms of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. 
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    • 33 min
    The Fugitive

    The Fugitive

    A young woman, held by one of America’s founding slaveowners, bolts one day for a life of freedom that keeps her on the lam for the rest of her life, eventually touching upon the life of the most notorious slaveowner of the Civil War. 
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    • 34 min
    Uncivil Presents: The Nod

    Uncivil Presents: The Nod

    Hey, Uncivil listeners! This week we’re sharing a story from our friends at the The Nod, a podcast that tells the stories of Black life that don't get told anywhere else. We know you all will love this episode about a woman who broke away from a plantation in the South, where descendants of enslaved people and slave owners stayed together as family, long after the end of slavery.
    To listen to part 2 of the story, Diary of a Mad Black Cousin, look for The Nod in your podcast feed, wherever you get them, or on their website, http://www.gimletmedia.com/the-nod.
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    • 33 min
    The Portrait

    The Portrait

    A listener voicemail sends us deep down the rabbit hole into one of the most toxic myths of the Confederacy.
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    • 32 min
    The Assets

    The Assets

    Rachel Swarns of the New York Times joins us to discuss what she discovered when she followed the money trail of one of the nation's top financial institutions all the back to the 19th century.
    Further reading:
    You can read more of Rachel Swarns's reporting here, and check out her book, American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama. For further reading on slave insurance we recommend Investing in Life: Insurance in Antebellum America by Sharon Ann Murphy.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
192 Ratings

192 Ratings

need2pee ,

Loved it!

so much learning for this kid!! loving the constant resistance to white supremacy and white-washed narratives. thank you!

kelcloud ,

History come to life

Uncivil is an amazing podcast! I’ve learned so much by listening to it- there are so many people and events that I had never heard of before. The storytelling is fantastic and the production value is incredible.

and i-- OOP ,

Amazing! Would recommend!

I just started this podcast, but it seems really good so far! I initially thought this would bore me, but the stories are turning out to be really interesting, the hosts and guests are great, and they really make up the mood in this podcast experience. Of course, the production quality is really good (as with everything in Gimlet) and I really look forward to more episodes.

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