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Seizing Freedom
Seizing Freedom
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Highlighting true stories of Black people’s fight for liberation, progress and joy from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement and... more

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Episodes

Introducing Season 2 of Seizing Freedom

Coming February 1, 2022. The promises of Reconstruction were left unfulfilled. The violent system of Jim Crow was being built in... more

25 Jan 2022 · 4 minutes
Recommended Listening: 1865

While we work on the next season of Seizing Freedom, we think you'll enjoy listening to the podcast, 1865. In... more

20 May 2021 · 8 minutes
A Heritage Unique In The Ages

Season finale. The "freedom generation" of African Americans who were the first to experience emancipation knew that their fight for... more

17 May 2021 · 57 minutes
Interview: Kate Masur

A discussion of the central role African Americans played in securing constitutional change for their civil and political rights during... more

10 May 2021 · 47 minutes
The Final Word On Liberty

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in 1865, but African Americans knew the “freedom” of emancipation was incomplete without universal citizenship... more

03 May 2021 · 54 minutes
Interview: Kelly Brown Douglas

The Reverend shares what church has meant to the Black community, both historically and currently, as well as how to... more

26 Apr 2021 · 42 minutes
Equal Children Of God

How a thirst for soul liberty and the freedom to worship as they saw fit sustained Black Americans through centuries... more

19 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Interview: Hilary Green

Conversation about family histories and education, how many of the stereotypes that have been associated with Black people in the... more

12 Apr 2021 · 50 minutes
Truth Makes The Free Man

Education was regarded as the "real liberation" by many African Americans following emancipation from slavery, and they were willing to... more

05 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Interview: Tera Hunter

Kidada speaks with Princeton Historian Tera Hunter about how Black workers wanted to shape their working lives after the Civil... more

29 Mar 2021 · 37 minutes
They Can't Keep Me Out

Further exploring the stakes of making a living as a Black person following emancipation and how, despite violent retaliation in... more

22 Mar 2021 · 58 minutes
Interview: Rhiannon Giddens

The Grammy-winning musician discusses her connection to the banjo, its historical ties to Africa, and how she draws inspiration from... more

15 Mar 2021 · 42 minutes
A New Joy Awaiting Me

How newly emancipated African Americans established communities and expanded their labor on their own terms to build livelihoods for themselves... more

08 Mar 2021 · 57 minutes
Interview: Deborah Willis

Photography professor Deborah Willis speaks with Kidada about the power of photography during the Civil War era, and the stories... more

01 Mar 2021 · 32 minutes
Reconstructing Family

How freed people sought out their kin following emancipation, and how they worked to establish new lives with their families,... more

22 Feb 2021 · 55 minutes
Interview: Abigail Cooper

Conversation with Abigail Cooper about the communities that Black people established in Civil War refugee camps, how they celebrated their... more

15 Feb 2021 · 31 minutes
A Bedrock For Freedom

How freedom wasn't as clear-cut as wartime refugees from slavery expected, and how— despite terrible conditions in many camps—Black people's... more

08 Feb 2021 · 50 minutes
Interview: Crystal Feimster

Interview with historian Crystal Feimster about the importance of digging into archives and disrupting the myth that the Civil War... more

04 Feb 2021 · 27 minutes
A Powerful Black Hand

How Black men and women fought to participate in the war against slavery, and how the Union’s decision to allow... more

01 Feb 2021 · 58 minutes
Spotlight: Ambrose Headen

Follow the incredible journey of Ambrose Headen, a man born into slavery who eventually played a pivotal role in founding... more

01 Feb 2021 · 9 minutes
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Interview: Crystal Feimster
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Interview with historian Crystal Feimster about the importance of digging into archives and disrupting the myth that the Civil War and Reconstruction... more