23 episodes

Highlighting true stories of Black people’s fight for liberation, progress and joy from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Seizing Freedom illustrates the myriad ways Black people have sought and defined their own freedom in spite of the monumental forces at work to keep them from it.

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    • 4.6 • 203 Ratings

Highlighting true stories of Black people’s fight for liberation, progress and joy from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Seizing Freedom illustrates the myriad ways Black people have sought and defined their own freedom in spite of the monumental forces at work to keep them from it.

    Recommended Listening: 1865

    Recommended Listening: 1865

    While we work on the next season of Seizing Freedom, we think you'll enjoy listening to the podcast, 1865. In its new season, Ulysses S. Grant takes the White House, intent on rooting out corruption, crushing the KKK and bringing peace to a troubled nation. He has to contend with a divided people, a dysfunctional congress and a fractured Republican Party. While abolitionists across the country celebrated their hard-fought win in the fight toward equality, the steadily growing Ku Klux Klan threatened to undo all the progress that Reconstruction had made. Not to mention, the political world of Washington was in complete disarray. The second season of 1865 is available now on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    • 8 min
    A Heritage Unique In The Ages

    A Heritage Unique In The Ages

    Season finale. The "freedom generation" of African Americans who were the first to experience emancipation knew that their fight for freedom was only just beginning. Even as they were earning new rights and privileges, they continued to face pushback that jeopardized all they had fought for and earned. Hear how they planned for the future, even as the present structures around them were being torn down.

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    • 56 min
    Interview: Kate Masur

    Interview: Kate Masur

    A discussion of the central role African Americans played in securing constitutional change for their civil and political rights during Reconstruction, as well as the long-lasting impacts of their efforts in the first civil rights movement. 

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    • 47 min
    The Final Word On Liberty

    The Final Word On Liberty

    The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in 1865, but African Americans knew the “freedom” of emancipation was incomplete without universal citizenship and rights protected by law. Learn how their insistence on having a full stake in American freedom helped transform federal policy and codify the rhetoric of “liberty” into law.

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    • 54 min
    Interview: Kelly Brown Douglas

    Interview: Kelly Brown Douglas

    The Reverend shares what church has meant to the Black community, both historically and currently, as well as how to find God in times of struggle and injustice.

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    • 42 min
    Equal Children Of God

    Equal Children Of God

    How a thirst for soul liberty and the freedom to worship as they saw fit sustained Black Americans through centuries of enslavement. And how the sustenance they found in religious community emboldened them to fight for—and demand—concrete social and political change. 

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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
203 Ratings

203 Ratings

AAA12117 ,

Listen with my kids in the car!

Excellent and well-researched! It’s a great way fri me to counter what they are learning and school. Thank you for telling our stories ❤️🙏🏽

Summer Bankowski ,

Great stories!

I love seeing some of my favorite Civil War personalities and meeting new ones - Abraham Galloway, Suzy King Taylor, and William Henry Singleton. Great talk for classroom use.

The interviews with Hilary Green and Kate Masur were expert and refreshing. I learned a lot about the steps Black citizens took to create, extend, and defend their rights. I could hardly wait to do laundry so I could listen in again!

Mememe Ususus ,

Brilliant

So smart, so engaging. The interviews with the historians and musicians about their techniques are so powerful. But nothing is more powerful than the original words of the pastors, soldiers, family members and farmers who were making new lives despite all odds and despite all attempts by both Northerners and Southerners to keep freed people in a subordinate caste. Brilliantly researched, narrated and performed.

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