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Engage with important themes from the Civil War era with content from the new PBS drama Mercy Street, along with our webseries Time Capsule from the producers of PBS Digital Studios's The Good Stuff.

Time Capsule introduces Civil War-era issues with consequences for some of the most pressing debates of today—such as women's roles in wartime, government surveillance, and the meaning of the Confederate flag. Combining these videos with clips from Mercy Street, as well as discussion questions, activity suggestions, and primary source materials, provides an opportunity for a more comprehensive understanding of some of the most important themes in 19th century history, such as technological change, shifting women's roles, and debates about slavery and racism.

Mercy Street airs on PBS for six weeks beginning on January 17, 2016.

For even more resources to help you teach Civil War history visit our new collection bringing together videos, primary sources and activities from some of PBS' most well-known producers, Teaching the Civil War.

  • Fighting for Freedom and Equality - The Abolitionist Movement and Black Lives Matter | The Good Stuff: Time Capsule and Mercy Street

    This activity utilizes primary source documents, video from The Good Stuff: Time Capsule and the PBS series Mercy Street to examine the Black Lives Matter Movement and the racial conflicts of today and trace their roots to the Abolitionist Movement of the nineteenth century.

    Grades: 7-12
  • How the US Government Became So Big | The Good Stuff Time Capsule

    Explore the many ways the Federal Government expanded during the Civil War using video from Time Capsule and Mercy Street. Utilizing video, discussion questions and teaching tips, students focus specifically on how the national government interacted with citizens in the antebellum period, while the war was raging and during Reconstruction.

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    Grades: 7-12
  • The Abolitionist Movement | The Good Stuff: Time Capsule

    In this video from Time Capsule, learn about the Black Lives Matter Movement and the racial conflicts of today and trace their roots to the Abolitionist Movement of the nineteenth century.

    Engage with The Good Stuff community and subscribe to see new videos on The Good Stuff's YouTube page.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Civil War and Women's Role in Society | Mercy Street and The Good Stuff: Time Capsule

    In this activity, utilizing video from the PBS series Mercy Street, The Good Stuff: Time Capsule, and primary source documents, students will uncover information about the struggle for women’s equality in the years leading up to the Civil War, during the war and in its aftermath

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Lasting Impact of Women in the Civil War | The Good Stuff: Time Capsule

    This video from The Good Stuff: Time Capsule examines 19th century women’s struggles, as citizens, nurses, soldiers, and activists, to have an identity outside the domestic sphere and achieve equality.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Civil War Medical Technology | Mercy Street and The Good Stuff: Time Capsule

    Examine how the horrors of the Civil War battlefield forced medicine in America to evolve from a crude practice to a profession grounded in science, in these videos from Mercy Street and The Good Stuff: Time Capsule. Utilizing video and discussion questions, students learn about how medical innovations like the triage system, limb amputations, and general hospitals saved thousands of lives, changed Americans’ expectations regarding healthcare and laid the groundwork for later scientific discoveries of the 19th century.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Birth of Modern Medical Care in America | The Good Stuff: Time Capsule

    Examine how the horrors of the Civil War battlefield forced medicine in America to evolve from a crude practice to a profession grounded in science, in this video from The Good Stuff: Time Capsule. Using video and discussion questions, students learn about how medical innovations like the triage system, limb amputations, and general hospitals saved thousands of lives and changed Americans’ expectations regarding healthcare after the war.

    Engage with The Good Stuff community and subscribe to see new videos on The Good Stuff's YouTube page.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Government Surveillance | Mercy Street and The Good Stuff: Time Capsule

    Using video from Mercy Street and The Good Stuff: Time Capsule students learn about government surveillance techniques used today that have their roots in the Civil War era. They will also uncover information about real spies like Frank Stringfellow, who is featured in Mercy Street. Utilizing video, discussion questions, teaching tips, and activities, students examine specific spying strategies used by the North and South, and analyze the rationale for the US government to be spying on its own citizens.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Origins of Government Surveillance | The Good Stuff: Time Capsule

    Using video from The Good Stuff: Time Capsule students learn about government surveillance techniques used today, and have their roots in the Civil War. Utilizing video and discussion questions, students examine specific spying strategies used by the North and South, and analyze the rationale for the U.S. government to be spying on its own citizens.

    Engage with The Good Stuff community and subscribe to see new videos on The Good Stuff's YouTube page.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Complicated History of the Confederate Flag | The Good Stuff: Time Capsule

    In this video from The Good Stuff: Time Capsule, learn about the Confederate flag, its origins on the Civil War battlefield, and what it means to citizens today. Utilizing video, discussion questions and teaching tips, students can explore the history of the flag, what it symbolizes and why it’s such a divisive symbol.

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    Grades: 7-12
  • What if the Civil War were Tweeted? | The Good Stuff: Time Capsule

    Explore innovations in communication technology during the Civil War and how they impacted the news media, in this video from The Good Stuff: Time Capsule. Using discussion questions and teaching tips, students will learn about how the telegram changed the way news was reported and compare it to our own social media revolution.

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    Grades: 7-12
  • Mercy Street | Fugitive Slave Act 1850

    In this media gallery and associated activity from Mercy Street, students learn about and analyze the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, its effect on enslaved people, and how its passing into law impacted fugitive slave resettlement and the abolitionist movement in the United States.

    Grades: 7-12

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