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BH-50601-13

University of Missouri Libraries (Kansas City, MO 64110-2446)
Diane Mutti Burke (Project Director: 03/07/2013 to present)

Crossroads of Conflict: Contested Visions of Freedom and the Missouri-Kansas Border Wars

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the history and impact of the Missouri-Kansas border wars during the Civil War era.

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the history and impact of the Missouri-Kansas border wars during the Civil War era. This Landmarks workshop explores issues and events that precipitated hostilities between settlers in Kansas and Missouri during the Civil War era. Central to the discussion are two concepts of liberty--freedom to hold slaves versus freedom from slavery--that divided many Americans as new territories opened and settlers moved westward. Participants consider the context of slaveholding in western Missouri and debates over extending slavery into the Kansas territory before turning to discussion of the creation of both pro- and anti-slavery territorial governments, the violent clashes that resulted in the 1850s, and the extension of conflict into the Civil War years, when Confederate and Union troops clashed with guerillas from both sides. The project uses a variety of landmark sites illuminating settlement, economic development, and pro- and anti-slavery activity in the area: Lecompton and Lawrence, Kansas, the John Wornall House, the Watkins Woolen Mill, the Steamboat Arabia Museum, the site of the battle of Westport, and the Jesse James farm. The staff includes project director Diane Mutti Burke (University of Missouri-Kansas City [UMKC]); program director Edeen Martin; historians Nicole Etcheson (Ball State University), Kristen Oertel (University of Tulsa), Christopher Phillips (University of Cincinnati), Jeremy Neely (Missouri State University), and Ethan Rafuse (US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth); archaeologist Ann Rabb (University of Kansas); and other faculty and staff from UMKC. Readings include collections of primary documents and scholarly writings by Etcheson, Mutti Burke, Jonathan Earle, Michael Fellman, and T. J. Stiles. The program includes lectures, discussions, site visits, and development of teaching materials.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$179,192 (approved)
$179,095 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 12/31/2014