Contraband: The Ownership and Division of Human Beings

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry looks at how the term "Contraband" came to be, and the hardship, and sometimes impossibility, of marriage during slavery.

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Blood Transfusions During the American Civil War

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Shauna Devine, Ph.D., delves into how developing ideas about science shaped research and experimental medicine during the Civil War.

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Charlotte Jenkins is the Metaphorical Balm in Gilead

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Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, discusses the significance of a new character in Season 2, Charlotte Jenkins, based off of the historic figure Harriet Jacobs.

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Mercy Street Season 2, Episode 1 GIF Recap

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Catch up on the Mercy Street Season 2 premiere, Balm in Gilead, with an episode recap.

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Is Anybody Looking? Runaway Slaves and the Refugee Crisis in Civil War America

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Anya Jabour, Ph.D., explains how most contraband camps were dismal if not downright dangerous places, and how Union authorities were unprepared for the influx of refugees—particularly those who could not be recruited into the ranks of the Union Army. From Fulton, Missouri, one Union captain wrote to his senior officer: “What are we to do with the women and children?”

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Singing in Slavery: Songs of Survival, Songs of Freedom

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry examines how song was used by slaves to both communicate and express feeling in the moment, as well as and pass history down through generations.

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Dressing Up for War: Living Life in a Hoop Skirt and Corsets

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Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., tells how dressing up as an extra for Mercy Street gave her new insights into the lives and restrictions of 19th century women.

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Mercy Street Cast Pays Tribute to History

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Get another sneak peek at Season 2 with the cast's recreation of an iconic 1862 contraband camp photo.

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A Q&A With Mercy Street’s Bryce Pinkham

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KCTS 9 speaks with new cast member Bryce Pinkham — who plays strict new hospital chief Major Clayton McBurney III — about his character, what he learned about soldiers of war and PTSD, his nonprofit organization that encourages theatrical storytelling, and more.

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Go Behind the Scenes With Historical Advisor Anya Jabour

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Anya Jabour, Ph.D. is one of Mercy Street's historical advisors and bloggers. In our last behind-the-scenes sneak peek post before Season 2 kicks off, she recounts how she got involved with the series and details her on-set work aiding the actors and producers. She also gives us a sneak peek at what's to come this season.

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A Day in the Life of Mercy Street's Set Decorator

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Mercy Street's Set Decorator Marthe Pineau is the tireless force behind so many of the details that transport the viewer back to the 1860s. In this post, she shares her love of period pieces and her Season 2 field notes.

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A Day in the Life of a Stills Photographer

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In this blog post, Mercy Street's Unit Stills Photographer Erik Heinila shares the unique challenges and perks of shooting Season 2.

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Prepping for Season 2: A Production Designer's Notes From the Field

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Imagine working on a job day and night for months and hoping no one even notices that you did a single thing. Welcome to the world of Mercy Street Production Designer Stephen Marsh. In this post, he gives us a unique behind-the-scenes look at the work it takes to prep Season 2's new sets, locations and more.

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Season 2's Last Day of Filming

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On the last day of filming Season 2, Chad Darnell, Mercy Street's Extras Casting Director, reflects on the cast and crew's work and life filming the series in Richmond, Virginia.

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Visit Alexandria Sweepstakes Winner's Set Visit Story

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Donna Wilson, of San Dimas, California, won Visit Alexandria's Mercy Street set visit and guided tour sweepstakes. Check out what Donna had to say!

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