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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.
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The Ring

The Ring

2018-11-0932:3913

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.
The Fugitive

The Fugitive

2018-11-0933:1518

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.
Uncivil Presents: The Nod

Uncivil Presents: The Nod

2018-02-0731:0818

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.
The Portrait

The Portrait

2017-12-2730:069

A listener voicemail sends us deep down the rabbit hole into one of the most toxic myths of the Confederacy.
The Assets

The Assets

2017-12-2028:5016

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.
The Sentence

The Sentence

2017-12-1324:549

In 1640 three men attempted to escape indentured servitude. The outcome lay the foundation for the split in America that lead to Civil War.
The Paper

The Paper

2017-12-0623:277

A small shopkeeper in Philadelphia unwittingly stumbles into a con that helps take down the Confederacy.
The Song

The Song

2017-11-1529:096

We dig deep into the anthem of the Confederacy, and learn that almost everything we thought we knew about it... was wrong.
The Spin

The Spin

2017-11-0828:5624

From the cemetery to the big screen, a 150 year old push to rewrite American history.
The Soldiers

The Soldiers

2017-11-0123:2215

A woman discovers a secret that the government long tried to keep hidden: a secret about who exactly fought in the Civil War.
The Takedown

The Takedown

2017-10-1836:0117

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
The Deed

The Deed

2017-10-1131:0619

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
The Raid

The Raid

2017-10-0427:4635

A group of ex-farmers, a terrorist from Kansas, and a schoolteacher attempt the greatest covert operation of the Civil War.
Give Us a Call

Give Us a Call

2017-09-2001:336

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.
Coming Soon

Coming Soon

2017-08-2402:1211

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. For early access, check out uncivil.show
Comments (42)

C WIL

Thanks so much for this! I’ve been trying to find more information about Mary Bowser but haven’t had much luck. This is new and fresh facts. I’m very appreciative

Jun 5th
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Branden

Beautiful story

Mar 5th
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Bill Squire

enthralling !

Dec 21st
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daisy

are there ever going to be new episodes?

Nov 12th
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David IDidntKnowThisWasPublic

Yankee propaganda

Nov 4th
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Matt Reeves

great work you all. keep up the amazing work. if you are ever near Orange Virginia, please visit us at Montpelier and see or new exhibit mere distinction of colour. email me at mreeves@montpelier.org for more info or tickets!

Aug 16th
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Andrew Watson

I don't guess this pod is continuing.

Jul 18th
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damned skeptic

found new heroines

Jul 7th
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damned skeptic

my favorite new (for me) podcast

Jun 30th
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Jeremie Martin

Really enjoying this show. Great stories that are never told in the classroom.

Jun 1st
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Marcee' M.

I LOVE this show and miss it! Bring it back guyssss! lol Also, I love how people are presented with the facts and still choose to toot their noses up and believe lies because it makes them feel better. And don't forget the "this race stuff again?!?" people, like this whole country wasn't founded on discrimination on the basis of race. Those guys are silly. lol

Mar 26th
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BOO DADDY

Oh sweet, more racial whining, definitely don't get enough of that lately.

Feb 4th
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David IDidntKnowThisWasPublic

wow, it's amazing how people can spin words in such a way to make southerners look like evil racist slave holders. pfft. of course it wasn't right, but I really dislike all the negative things said about the rebel army. Right or wrong, 100s of thousands of boys died for what they saw as an injustice, like the revolutionary war. Shouldn't shame or put them down so harshly. I think their lives were retribution enough, don't need to put them down further... "The history books are always written by the victors..." idk who said it.The Democrats were voting for slavery and Republicans against...

Jan 20th
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Mikey

I attended 4 years at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. This history is not well known and is not discussed. This is the first time I’ve even heard it

Dec 20th
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k

Wow. Welcome back. Still the best podcast.

Nov 13th
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Nick Costa

Just found this show, pure brilliance. I'm hooked and will share as much as I can. Thank you and please keep it coming.

Jul 18th
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moopers 8

Make more please!

Jun 15th
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Anthony Pasquariello

make more please!!!!!

Jun 3rd
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Ryan O

Episode "The Deed" is unbelievable, carpetbagging bullshit that has happen to "Netty" Evans. I am a bankruptcy and real estate paralegal. Please authors of this podcast put me in contact with her. I have worked with clients against scammers likd that and corrupted attorneys that should be disbarred. She can sue for all of her taxes paid and sue the attorney that "represented" her, starting with filing a complaint with the state bar, at the very least. I use the term represented very very lightly. Also, several judges and country clerks from that area have been prosecuted for corruption. AGAIN, please contact me! paralegalcontact@gmail.com

Apr 19th
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Benjamin Miner

my favorite podcast, period. just binge listened to all the available episodes, hope you guys are able to get back into regular production. but even if it just was this many episodes, it's pretty invaluable. my brain feelsike a neglected houseplant that is finally being watered!

Apr 9th
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