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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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    • 4.5 • 173 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.

    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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    • 45 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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    • 52 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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    • 40 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 3 min
    Interview: Hilary Green

    Interview: Hilary Green

    Conversation about family histories and education, how many of the stereotypes that have been associated with Black people in the United States came to be, why they’re simply not true, and what the pursuit of knowledge meant and looked like to African Americans during and after Reconstruction.

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    • 48 min
    Truth Makes The Free Man

    Truth Makes The Free Man

    Education was regarded as the "real liberation" by many African Americans following emancipation from slavery, and they were willing to go to extreme lengths to secure literacy for themselves and their kin.

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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
173 Ratings

173 Ratings

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.

Jill K D ,

Put on your must-listen list

Every episode is well-written, engaging and so inspiring. I feel like starting each episode over as soon as it ends because there’s so much interesting and thought-provoking history in each one. I am a white woman who is learning so much. Thank you!

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