11 episodes

Epic stories of Black people who fought for their liberty and transformed America after the Civil War. Using first-hand accounts from diaries, newspapers, speeches, and letters, this is a narrated docu-drama about the failures and successes of the Reconstruction era, told by those who made it happen.

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    • 4.7 • 110 Ratings

Epic stories of Black people who fought for their liberty and transformed America after the Civil War. Using first-hand accounts from diaries, newspapers, speeches, and letters, this is a narrated docu-drama about the failures and successes of the Reconstruction era, told by those who made it happen.

    Selling the Shadow to Support the Substance

    Selling the Shadow to Support the Substance

    Interview with photography professor Deborah Willis about the power of photography during the Civil War era, and the stories images can reveal to us about the lives Black people led and wanted future generations to understand.

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    • 29 min
    Reconstructing Family

    Reconstructing Family

    How freed people sought out their kin following emancipation, and how they worked to establish new lives with their families, pushing for recognition in the eyes of the law.

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    • 53 min
    Interview: Abigail Cooper

    Interview: Abigail Cooper

    Conversation with Abigail Cooper about the communities that Black people established in Civil War refugee camps, how they celebrated their African traditions and how they had to adapt to survive in the American patriarchy.

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    • 28 min
    A Bedrock For Freedom

    A Bedrock For Freedom

    How freedom wasn't as clear-cut as wartime refugees from slavery expected, and how— despite terrible conditions in many camps—Black people's desire for self-determination kept them going.

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    • 48 min
    Interview: Crystal Feimster

    Interview: Crystal Feimster

    Interview with historian Crystal Feimster about the importance of digging into archives and disrupting the myth that the Civil War and Reconstruction are histories that belong to white men.

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    • 25 min
    A Powerful Black Hand

    A Powerful Black Hand

    How Black men and women fought to participate in the war against slavery, and how the Union’s decision to allow them to enlist shifted the tide of the Civil War.

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

Hereisnotthere ,

Amazing

This is a riveting podcast. It sheds light on the stories of enslaved and recently freed people. It is amazing to hear accounts from letters and documents that the formerly enslaved or recently emancipated wrote or dictated THEMSELVES. Highly recommend!

Vegan jmp ,

Fantastic series!

Thank you so much for shining a light on this history

Beaujwest ,

Enjoyable stories

I like this show, it’s an easy listen. Host has a soothing voice.

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