Sore Attachments

Last Updated by Jane Schultz on

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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On Freedom, Bondage and Rape

Last Updated by Executive Producer Lisa Q. Wolfinger on

In this guest blog post, Co-Creator and Executive Producer Lisa Q. Wolfinger details her team's decision to create three distinct African American characters in an effort to capture the complexity of the African American experience during the Civil War. She also shares her team's choice to not gloss over the misery of Aurelia’s plight.

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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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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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Sisterhood

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In this post, Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, dives deeper into women’s roles and sisterhood, as seen especially in Episodes 3 and 4, where women are seen supporting each other through difficult times.

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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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A Rough Landing for the New Nurse

Last Updated by Jane Schultz on

Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., is Professor of English and the Medical Humanities and Director of Literature at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. She is co-editor of book series "Nursing History and Humanities.” In her first blog post, Schultz compares Mary Phinney's first day at Mansion House Hospital to the experience of real-life nurses during the Civil War.

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

Last Updated by Anya Jabour on

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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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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From Southern Ladies to She-Rebels

Last Updated by Anya Jabour on

Anya Jabour, Ph.D., teaches and researches the history of women, families and children in the 19th-century South. In this blog post, Jabour dives deeper into Emma Green’s “rebelliousness” and provides context into changes in traditional definitions of southern femininity for many white women in the Civil War South.

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