The Big Divide
A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region
New! 2015 Update
The Missouri-Kansas state line is the most consequential border in American history.
Here was where the Civil War began — don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Here was where legends were made before (John Brown), during (William Clarke Quantrill), and after the war (Jesse James).
Here was where African American regiments first saw combat, even as Washington was debating the value of black soldiers.
Here you can visit 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 some of the reasons why The Big Divide has become one of the country’s premier destinations for history travel.
Diane and Aaron will show you to the sites that matter and help you make the most of your visit. Got kids? They’ve got you covered.
— 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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The Big Divide is from the author and publisher of Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols. This Kansas Notable Book and Willa Award winner is available from our Amazon.com storefront.
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