15 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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    • 4.8 • 3.8K 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.

    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. 

    • 34 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. 

    • 33 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 31 min
    The Sentence

    The Sentence

    In 1640 three men attempted to escape indentured servitude. The outcome lay the foundation for the split in America that lead to Civil War.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

TreeC ,

Please more episodes!

I have gobbled up each and every episode. These are a fascinating albeit heart wrenching true look into the oppression and mistreatment of Black people and present the real stories into our past. It is important for these stories to be heard. Please make more episodes!!!!

Ahdawnis ,

Absolutely Brilliant

I hope you guys make more episodes. I love the show and have learned so much they don’t teach school.

KBF123 ,

The best lessons

I love this podcast. It’s the perfect way to learn history and culture through story telling. Especially, when direct descendants of the subject are also used to tell the story. Can’t wait for more!!!

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