The Big Divide

A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region

New! 2015 Update

History you didn’t learn in school.

Sorry, but your teacher was wrong. The Civil War began in the West, not the East.

Began right out here on the Missouri-Kansas border — a line in the dirt that became the most consequential border in American history.

Here was where a town called Lecompton paved the way for Abraham Lincoln to become president and put the country on a path to war.

Here was where African American regiments first saw combat in that war — even as Washington was debating the value of black soldiers.

Here was where the bitterest neighbor-on-neighbor warfare took place, producing guerrilla legends like John Brown, William Clarke Quantrill, and yes, Jesse James.

For that matter, the Border Region is where you can find the school that set off the civil rights movement … walk the country’s last great stretch of prairie … and tour the house where a girl named Amelia learned she could do anything.

Just a few of the reasons why you need to take a ride on The Big Divide.

The Border Region has become one of the country’s premier destinations for history travel. And we have the only guide you’ll need to discover it. Families welcome!

On this site you can learn more about The Big Divide, find out where the authors are speaking, or get your own copy.

“Recommended”

“Surprisingly versatile”

“Brilliant”

— David Von Drehle  (Rise to Greatness)

“Even locals may be surprised at the significant history just around the corner.” — Kansas History

Diane and Aaron “confronted the complex border state legacy and rendered it reader-friendly.” — Kansas City Star

“Truly comprehensive … certain to direct your attention to places you never knew existed.”
— Top Amazon reviewer
Jon Albee

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