Rank #1: The Ring
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.
Rank #2: The Fugitive
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.
Rank #3: Uncivil Presents: The Nod
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 Mad Black Cousin, look for The Nod in your podcast feed, wherever you get them, or on their website, http://www.gimletmedia.com/the-nod.
Rank #4: The Portrait
A listener voicemail sends us deep down the rabbit hole into one of the most toxic myths of the Confederacy.
Rank #5: The Assets
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 recommend Investing in Life: Insurance in Antebellum America by Sharon Ann Murphy.
Rank #6: The Sentence
In 1640 three men attempted to escape indentured servitude. The outcome lay the foundation for the split in America that lead to Civil War.
Rank #7: The Paper
A small shopkeeper in Philadelphia unwittingly stumbles into a con that helps take down the Confederacy.
Rank #8: The Song
We dig deep into the anthem of the Confederacy, and learn that almost everything we thought we knew about it... was wrong.
Rank #9: The Spin
From the cemetery to the big screen, a 150 year old push to rewrite American history.
Rank #10: The Soldiers
A woman discovers a secret that the government long tried to keep hidden: a secret about who exactly fought in the Civil War.