Well, today I am mainly posting just one thing, written by me, but I hope that you don’t see it as self serving. Smithsonian Magazine has graciously agreed to help add their weight behind my plea for the saving of PBS’s Mercy Street. In the article I wrote for them I did a brief review of the way that the American Civil War has historically been portrayed on film and television, concluding that Mercy Street was becoming our most important pop cultural depiction of the American Civil War, and thus is too important a show to let die. I hope you’ll give it a read and help share it on social media.
(And thanks to rockstar historian Megan Kate Nelson for helping edit the piece so I could make my best plea).
The show is about to premiere in the UK, one of its creators, Lisa Q. Wolfinger just won a Gracie Award for her production of the show, and we’ve recently gotten some indication that she has had meetings with some cable networks about possibly saving the show.
Obviously, I am very passionate about this, so please share the article on your social media and lets #SaveMercyStreet.