Episode #51 Heroines of Mercy Street with Pamela D. Toler

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This week I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Pamela D. Toler to the show. Pamela is the author of eight books of popular history on a wide variety of subjects for both children and adults including The Everything Guide to Understanding Socialism and Women Warriors: An Unexpected History. Today we discussed her book Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War. This is the book tie-in to the popular PBS series Mercy Street, which follows the stories of Civil War nurses, doctors, and civilians in Alexandria, Virginia.

We discussed:

  • Women in the nursing profession in a Victorian context

  • Gendered spheres of influence

  • The historical accuracy of the PBS series

  • Women nurses in the Civil War as feminist icons…both then and now

  • Fun diseases like dysentery


If you are a fan of the show or interested in Civil War nursing and medicine, then this episode is a must listen!! And, please head over to Pamela’s websites History in the Margins and Pamela D. Toler dot com. You can also find her on the usual social suspects: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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With compliments,

Keith