Ready for your next great road trip? A historian and journalist guide you to the sites that matter in the Missouri-Kansas border region and tell you why they matter. Driving tour suggestions and tips for kids and families make this the ultimate guide to the country's most consequential state border. “Surprisingly versatile … Recommended for Civil War buffs, regional collections, and road trippers looking for their next itinerary.” — Library Journal
For years Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart have been driving back and forth across one of the most contentious borders in American history: the Missouri-Kansas state line.
This boundary — this line in the dirt — was ground zero for the fierce border wars that produced John Brown, Jesse James, William Clarke Quantrill and Ride With the Devil.
History was made here by African American regiments that saw combat in the Civil War before any other black soldiers (yes, even before the 54th Massachusetts of Glory renown). And it continued to make history in the 20th century with Harry Truman, Amelia Earhart, George Washington Carver, and a wildly popular art movement that could not have happened anywhere else.
Now it’s your turn to discover this remarkable landscape. In The Big Divide, Diane and Aaron — she’s a historian, he’s a journalist — show you the sites that matter and tell you why. Got kids? They’ve got you covered.
So what are you waiting for? Take a ride on The Big Divide!
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