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Before the Civil War

Compromise to Conflict: Missouri Compromise & Kansas-Nebraska Act

As the United States expanded into the West, the question of slavery remained unresolved.

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Guerilla Warfare: Bushwhackers & Jayhawkers

For years, guerilla warriors roamed the Kansas-Missouri border and fought on either side of the slavery issue.

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John Brown: Martyr or Madman

On the night of May 24, 1856, armed men led by abolitionist Brown killed five unarmed pro-slavery supporters along Pottawatomie Creek.

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John Doy’s Escape

Captured by pro-slavery forces in 1859 and liberated by free state forces six months later, Doy’s story illustrates the tensions along the border.

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Settling the Kansas Territory

Opened for settlement in 1854, the area attracted many settlers, some with political motivations, other motivated by opportunity.

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The Underground Railroad

Nowhere in the U.S. was the Underground Railroad more dangerous than in western Missouri and eastern Kansas in the late 1850s. Please note: This script is longer. Please allow for more time.

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Wyandotte Constitutional Convention

In 1859, delegates from the Kansas Territory gathered for a fourth and final time to approve the state’s constitution, prohibiting slavery and limiting rights for women.

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During the Civil War

Pledging Allegiance

North or South? Union or Confederacy? The choices grew more complicated in the early months of the Civil War, especially for Missourians living along the border. Please note: This script is longer. Please allow for more time.

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Price’s March of 1864

In 1864, Confederate General Sterling Price led 10,000 troops across Missouri. While his actions thrilled some, they terrorized others. Please note: This script is longer. Please allow for more time.

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Quantrill’s Raid & Order Number 11

Two of the most notorious events of the Civil War along the border were Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence in 1863 and the issuance of Order Number 11 four days later.

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Rhetoric of the Civil War Press

Newspapers, and their opinions, played a crucial role in shaping public perception of events along the Kansas-Missouri border.

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Skirmish at Island Mound

The First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry was the first African-American Northern regiment to see battle and the first to die at the Battle of Island Mound, Missouri. Please note: This script is longer. Please allow for more time.

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