A House Divided

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In this post, Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, discusses the importance of family and its impact on the contraband community.

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Sore Attachments

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., examines the psychological impacts of the war on nurses, as seen with Nurse Mary in the Mercy Street Season Finale.

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Women’s Work and Sex Work in Nineteenth-Century America

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In this blog post, Anya Jabour, Ph.D., examines how the vast majority of self-supporting women continued to eke out an existence in the Civil War era.

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Chloroform and the American Civil War: The Art of Practice and the Science of Medicine

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In this blog post, Shauna Devine, Ph.D., chronicles the introduction of general inhalation anesthesia and how it transformed medical and surgical practice in the mid-19th century.

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“The Diabolical Plot”— Ripped from the Headlines!

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In this guest blog post, Co-Creator and Executive Producer Lisa Q. Wolfinger shares with readers two real stories that served as the inspiration for the events in the Mercy Street Season Finale.

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Samuel Diggs and Vigilante “Justice”

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In this guest blog post Co-Creator and Executive Producer Lisa Q. Wolfinger illustrates her team's writing process behind the Samuel Diggs' story arc in Episode 5.

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Death, Bodies and the American Civil War

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In this blog post, Shauna Devine, Ph.D., details Americans' changing conceptions of death due to the enormous number of Civil War casualties.

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Mourning in the Civil War Era

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In this blog post, Anya Jabour, Ph.D., reveals how most Americans in the Civil War era struggled to maintain familiar mourning rituals in death’s aftermath.

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Reckoning with Death

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., describes how the handling of the dead, on a scale unimaginable to most people today, presented challenges to Civil War medical staff and army administrators alike.

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Samuel Diggs: “Free” but not Equal

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In this post, Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, discusses the extreme brutality that was always a part of slave culture.

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A Syndrome by Any Other Name

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Guest blogger Jason Richman, screenwriter for Episode 4: The Belle Alliance, examines PTSD's history and shares his approach to writing Tom Fairfax's character and story arc.

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19th Century Operative Gynecology

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Guest blogger Anthony P. Tizzano, MD, FACOG details the evolution of operative gynecology and abdominal surgery.

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19th Century Surgical Instruments

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Guest blogger Anthony P. Tizzano, MD, FACOG, illustrates how Dr. Foster and others of his time had access to a growing collection of surgical instruments, driven by medical necessity brought about by the Civil War.

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Pathogenic Paths of Least Resistance

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., explains how a large number of patients in military hospitals ended up there because they had been exposed to infectious diseases.

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Sympathy and Science: Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality in the 19th Century

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In this post, Shauna Devine, Ph.D., details caesarean sections, maternal care and maternal mortality in the 19th Century.

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