Corsets, Crinolines, and the Civil War: The Politics of Women’s Fashions

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Anya Jabour, Ph.D., has been teaching and researching the history of women, families and children in the 19th-century South for more than 20 years. She is Professor of History at the University of Montana. In her first blog post, Jabour explores the history of Civil War-era fashion and why women of that time wore hoopskirts.

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Facts and Glossary: Alexandria's African American History

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This fact sheet and glossary is meant to point the viewer to important dates and places with emphasis on Alexandria's African American history.

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Timeline: Alexandria’s African American History

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Mercy Street opens in the Spring of 1862 in Alexandria, Virginia. This timeline is meant to point the viewer to important dates and places with emphasis on Alexandria's African American history. It concerns the period leading up to the Civil War, through Emancipation and the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

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"Soldier’s Heart": Exploring PTSD During the Civil War

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Co-Creator and Executive Producer Lisa Q. Wolfinger details the discovery of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Civil War-era doctors and describes the creative decision to explore PTSD in the series.

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Untold History: The African American Community of Mercy Street

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Audrey P. Davis is Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum in Alexandria, Virginia. In this blog post, Davis explores the African American community of 1862 Alexandria.

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The Real-Life Heroes of Mercy Street

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Executive Producer Ridley Scott introduces us to the inspiration behind the series: the doctors and nurses who were the unsung heroes of the Civil War.

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A Look Inside the Union Occupation of Alexandria and the Peninsula Campaign

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James M. McPherson, Ph.D. is a retired professor at Princeton University, where he taught American history for 42 years. In Mercy Street Revealed's first blog post, McPherson provides background on the Union occupation of Alexandria and the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War.

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Meet Our Bloggers!

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PBS has partnered with Mercy Street's historical consultants and outside experts to bring fans the Mercy Street Revealed blog. Learn more about our contributors!

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