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Missouri State Archives
The Border Between Them

Presented by:
Jeremy Neely

Publish Date:
February 10, 2011

Presentation Length:
41 minutes 32 seconds (41:32)

The most bitter guerrilla conflict in American history raged along the Kansas-Missouri border from 1856 to 1865, making that frontier the first battleground in the struggle over slavery. This fiercely contested boundary represented the most explosive political fault line in the United States, and its bitter divisions foreshadowed an entire nation torn asunder. The Border between Them recounts the exploits of John Brown, William Quantrill, and other notorious guerrillas, but it also uncovers the stories of everyday people who lived through the conflict. Author Jeremy Neely examines the significance of the Border War on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri line and offers a comparative, cross-border analysis of its origins, meanings, and consequences.

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