About the Course
The PBS Mercy Street series will air Sundays beginning January 22. This is the second season of the original drama. Click here to view the official trailer.
Mercy Street’s first season took place in the spring of 1862 in Alexandria, Virginia, a border town between North and South and the longest-occupied Confederate city of the war. Ruled under martial law, Alexandria was the central melting pot of the region, filled with civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded soldiers from both sides, free blacks, enslaved and contraband (escaped slaves living behind Union lines) African Americans, prostitutes, speculators and spies. MERCY STREET follows the lives of all of these characters, who collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel, which has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army hospital.
Season two picks up directly from the dramatic events at the end of the season one finale, continuing to explore the growing chaos within Alexandria, the complicated interpersonal dynamics of Dr. Foster, Nurse Mary and the Mansion House staff, the increasingly precarious position of the Green family and the changing predicament of the burgeoning black population. The season will introduce a number of new elements, taking us closer to the fight and into the halls of Confederate power, all set against the intensifying war, starting with the Seven Days’ Battle and culminating with Antietam.
Video Club participants will watch each episode prior to the Video Club call (on PBS, OnDemand, online, etc.). Stay tuned for a complete episode schedule.
Episode 1: Sunday, January 22, 2017 / 8-9pm CNE Call: Thursday, January 26, 2017 / 6:30-7:30 pm
Episode 2: Sunday, January 29, 2017 / 8-9pm CNE Call: Thursday, February 2, 2017 / 6:30-7:30 pm
Episode 3: Sunday, February 5, 2017 / 8-9pm CNE Call: Thursday, February 9, 2017 / 6:30-7:30 pm
Episode 4: Sunday, February 12, 2017 / 8-9pm CNE Call: Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 6:30-7:30 pm
Episode 5: Sunday, February 19, 2017 / 8-9pm CNE Call: Thursday, February 23, 2017 / 6:30-7:30 pm
Episode 6: Sunday, February 26, 2017 / 8-9pm CNE Call: Thursday, March 2, 2017 / 6:30-7:30 pm
Episode 7: Sunday, March 5, 2017 / 8-9pm CNE Call: Thursday, March 9, 2017 / 6:30-7:30 pm
Successful completion: Watch episodes prior to participating in the Video Club conference call. Each episode/call awards 2.0 CNE hour. Participants are not required to participate in every episode/phone call. Participants will be contacted with call-in instructions prior to the call.