The Year in Review 2016: #5

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Pop Culture has always served as a useful and important way for the public to engage with Civil War history. The fall 2015-16 television season saw another high-profile example when PBS broadcast the Civil War hospital drama Mercy Street.

Guest author Paige Gibbons Backus, who supervises a Civil War medicine-related historical site in Prince William County, Virginia, offered an assessment of the period drama. It was a qualified endorsement—perhaps a backhanded compliment—when she said, It could have been worse.

Coming in at #5: “A Review of Mercy Street: The Miniseries That Could Have Been Worse” by Paige Gibbons Backus, originally posted on January 26, 2017.

By the way, for fans of the series, regular ECW contributors Sarah Kay Bierle and Meg Groeling also wrote reviews.

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