FEBRUARY 2014: The Voices of the Civil War is a five-year film series dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the Civil War over the course of the sesquicentennial. Each month, new episodes cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans during the Civil War. Within these episodes there are various primary sources – letters and diaries, newspaper reports, and more - to recount various experiences of blacks during this period. We encourage your feedback and commentary through our Voices of the Civil War web blog.
On February 24, 1864, Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler overcame prejudices and severe constraints to become the first African American woman in the United States to earn a medical degree. During and after the Civil War, she cared for freed African Americans who would otherwise have had no access to medical care.
1, 7, 16 Sun Oil Company
2 - 3, 5 - 6, 10 - 13 Library of Congress
4, 14 Public Domain
8 Courtesy Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collections, Philadelphia
9 Army Military History Institute Collection
15 Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Book