The Big Divide
A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region
Updated for 2014
As featured by the
Civil War Trust
The Missouri-Kansas state line is the most consequential border in American history.
Here was where the Civil War began — in the West, not the East.
Here was where legends were made before (John Brown), during (William Clarke Quantrill), and after the great war (Jesse James).
Here was where African American regiments first saw combat, while Washington debated the worthiness of black soldiers.
Not even many locals know it, but this place we call The Big Divide is one of the country’s premier destinations for history travel.
Here was the segregated elementary school that set off the civil rights movement, and the house where a girl named Amelia learned she could do anything.
If you’re serious about learning our country’s story — from all sides — then 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.
So what are you waiting for? Take a ride on The Big Divide!
— 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
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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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