Uncivil

Uncivil

America is divided, and it always has been. We're going back to the moment when that split turned into war. This is Uncivil: Gimlet Media's new history podcast, hosted by journalists Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika. We ransack the official version of the Civil War, and take on the history you grew up with. We bring you untold stories about covert operations, corruption, resistance, mutiny, counterfeiting, antebellum drones, and so much more. And we connect these forgotten struggles to the political battlefield we’re living on right now.... Show More

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November 9, 2018 34 min
A young woman, held by one of America’s founding slaveowners, bolts one day for a life of freedom that keeps her on the lam for the rest of her life, eventually touching upon the life of the most notorious slaveowner of the Civil War. 
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November 9, 2018 33 min
Two brilliant women—one black, one white—assemble a spy ring in the rebel capital of Richmond, Virginia that eventually attempts a ‘mission impossible’ inside the military planning rooms of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. 
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February 7, 2018 33 min
Hey, Uncivil listeners! This week we’re sharing a story from our friends at the The Nod, a podcast that tells the stories of Black life that don't get told anywhere else. We know you all will love this episode about a woman who broke away from a plantation in the South, where descendants of enslaved people and slave owners stayed together as family, long after the end of slavery. To listen to part 2 of the story, Diary of a Ma...
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December 27, 2017 32 min
A listener voicemail sends us deep down the rabbit hole into one of the most toxic myths of the Confederacy.
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December 20, 2017 31 min
Rachel Swarns of the New York Times joins us to discuss what she discovered when she followed the money trail of one of the nation's top financial institutions all the back to the 19th century. Further reading: You can read more of Rachel Swarns's reporting here, and check out her book, American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama. For further reading on slave insurance we r...
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December 13, 2017 27 min
In 1640 three men attempted to escape indentured servitude. The outcome lay the foundation for the split in America that lead to Civil War.
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December 6, 2017 26 min
A small shopkeeper in Philadelphia unwittingly stumbles into a con that helps take down the Confederacy.
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November 15, 2017 31 min
We dig deep into the anthem of the Confederacy, and learn that almost everything we thought we knew about it... was wrong.
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November 8, 2017 31 min
From the cemetery to the big screen, a 150 year old push to rewrite American history.
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November 1, 2017 26 min
A woman discovers a secret that the government long tried to keep hidden: a secret about who exactly fought in the Civil War.
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October 18, 2017 38 min
We sat down with Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times Magazine, Al Letson of Reveal, and Christy Coleman of the American Civil War Museum to talk about how they take down Civil War myths. For more Uncivil, visit our website: uncivil.show
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October 11, 2017 33 min
A 19th century promise, and a 21st century betrayal. The past and present of 40 acres and a mule. For more Uncivil, visit our website: uncivil.show
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October 4, 2017 29 min
A group of ex-farmers, a terrorist from Kansas, and a schoolteacher attempt the greatest covert operation of the Civil War.
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September 20, 2017 1 min
We want to hear from you! Do you have a family story from the Civil War? A myth you've seen on social media you want busted? Let us know!  Call 347-395-5078 and leave us a voicemail with your name, story, and the best way to reach you.
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August 24, 2017 2 min
America is divided, and it always has been. We're going back to the moment when that split turned into war. This is Uncivil: Gimlet Media's new history podcast, hosted by journalists Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika. We ransack the official version of the Civil War, and take on the history you grew up with. We bring you untold stories about covert operations, corruption, resistance, mutiny, counterfeiting, antebellum drone...
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