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
Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart live on what is indisputably the most consequential border in American history: the Missouri-Kansas state line.
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 was still debating the worthiness of black soldiers.
Here is where you can visit the segregated elementary school that set off the civil rights movement; the birthplace of a Kansas girl named Amelia, who learned to challenge the status quo; and the places where Harry Truman was born, toiled 11 years on a farm, rose to greatness, and lived out his twilight years.
Pivotal, pristine battlefields, singular natural beauty, and first-rate museums make this one of the country’s premier destinations for history travel. It’s been mostly a well-kept secret ... but that’s about to change.
In The Big Divide, Diane and Aaron — she’s a historian, he’s a journalist — take 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, author of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year
at the significant history just around the corner.” — Kansas History
“The two authors of The Big Divide have confronted the complex border state legacy and rendered it reader-friendly.” — Kansas City Star
“An enticing addition to any travel and American history collection.”
— Midwest Book Review
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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.
“Great book — even if one doesn’t go crazy over historical markers!”
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