Todd Mealy featured in Civil War documentary

Penn Manor High School social studies teacher and football coach Todd Mealy will appear in the Civil War documentary “Unfinished Work,” airing at 7 p.m. Thursday on Comcast Cable WHBG TV20.

Mealy is one of 12 local historians and national scholars interviewed for the four-part documentary series, which will continue each night at 7 through Sunday on WHBG.

Mealy was chosen to participate because of his extensive research, lectures and publications on civil rights and Civil War history in Pennsylvania.

He has written two books, “Biography of an Antislavery City,” and “Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day,” and has a third book in the works. Mealy also has had articles published in Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine, presented lectures across Pennsylvania and collaborated on projects for the Dauphin County Civil War 150th Commission.

Thursday night’s installment of “Unfinished Work” covers “African Americans in the Civil War,” and Mealy was interviewed about their experiences before, during and after the war. Topics included the fugitive slave crisis, the Underground Railroad, abolition of slavery and the civil rights struggle to align Pennsylvania law with the 14th and 15th Amendments.

The documentary will continue with “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” Friday night “Defense of the Commonwealth” Saturday and “Lincoln in Pennsylvania” Sunday.

Author, social studies teacher and football coach, Todd Mealy