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Uncivil

16 episodes - English - Latest episode: 4 months ago - ★★★★★ - 3.9K ratings

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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Episodes

Introducing Resistance: Is It Too Revolutionary?

October 27, 2020 13:00 - 41 minutes

Hey Uncivil listeners! We want to share a new show we think you’ll love, made by one of our producers. Resistance is a show about refusing to accept things as they are. Stories from the front lines of the movement for Black lives, told by the generation fighting for change. In this first episode, 22-year-old Chi Ossé goes out to protest and the trajectory of his life is changed forever. If you like this episode, follow now on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

The Fugitive

November 09, 2018 22:00 - 34 minutes

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. 

The Ring

November 09, 2018 22:00 - 33 minutes

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. 

Uncivil Presents: The Nod

February 07, 2018 11:00 - 33 minutes

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 yo...

The Portrait

December 27, 2017 11:00 - 32 minutes

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

The Assets

December 20, 2017 11:00 - 31 minutes

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 ...

The Sentence

December 13, 2017 11:00 - 27 minutes

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

December 06, 2017 11:00 - 26 minutes

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

The Song

November 15, 2017 11:00 - 31 minutes

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

The Spin

November 08, 2017 11:00 - 31 minutes

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

The Soldiers

November 01, 2017 10:00 - 26 minutes

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

October 18, 2017 09:00 - 38 minutes

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

October 11, 2017 10:00 - 33 minutes

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

October 04, 2017 10:00 - 29 minutes

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

September 20, 2017 15:46 - 1 minute

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

August 24, 2017 10:44 - 2 minutes

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 p...

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