Parasitic Diseases, Microscopy and the American Civil War

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Shauna Devine, Ph.D., discusses 19th Century microscopes and parasitic diseases and their treatments during the Civil War.

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African American Men in the Union Medical Service

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In this blog post, Jane Schultz, Ph.D., gives some background to Samuel Diggs' character by examining the real-life African American men who practiced medicine as surgeons during the Civil War.

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Mercy Street Season 2, Episode 5 GIF Recap

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Catch up on Episode 5, Unknown Soldier, with an episode recap. Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Making a Change: Educating Former Slaves

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Anya Jabour, Ph.D., explains that even though they were denied education in slavery, African Americans were determined to have it in freedom.

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Roots of Resistance

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry discusses slave resistance in the Colonies and Caribbean, and how education and resistance later went hand-in-hand.

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Code-switching and Fluidity as a Strategy for Survival

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Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, discusses the coping mechanisms African American characters must employ to survive plot twists and power struggles in Mercy Street.

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Nursing the Enemy

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., details the relief work done by clergy and laypeople during the Civil War and the complex subject of nursing the enemy.

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Mercy Street Season 2, Episode 4 GIF Recap

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Catch up on Episode 204 with an episode recap. Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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'I Wanted to Do My Part': Women as Soldiers in Civil War America

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Anya Jabour, Ph.D., explores the multitude of women who dressed as men to fight—and die—in all the major battles of the Civil War.

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African American Firsts in Medicine: Setting the Standard for Future Generations

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Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, discusses the history of the first African American doctors to practice in the United States.

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Education: The Foundation of Freedom

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry discusses how education for newly freed African American families was a gateway to a better life.

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Recording Anatomical Practice During the American Civil War

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Shauna Devine, Ph.D., explains how photography and medical sketches evolved our knowledge of disease, injury and the toll of combat during the Civil War era.

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Mercy Street Season 2, Episode 3 GIF Recap

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Catch up on Episode 3, One Equal Temper. Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Moses of Her People: Harriet Tubman and Runaway Slaves

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry discusses the history of Harriet Tubman and how Charlotte Jenkins channels her strength in Mercy Street.

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Charlotte Jenkins and Speaking Truth to Power

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Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, discusses the parallels between Charlotte Jenkins and real life abolitionists who challenged racism, slavery and the roles of women.

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