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. That fiercely contested boundary represented the most explosive political fault line in the United States, and its bitter divisions foreshadowed an entire nation torn asunder. Jeremy Neely now 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.
About The Author
Jeremy Neely received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri. He lives on a farm fifteen miles from the Kansas-Missouri line in rural Vernon County, Missouri.
Published by University of Missouri, paperback 2011. 328 pages.