Bleeding Kansas: Slavery, Sectionalism, and Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border

Michael Woods

September 28, 2016 by Routledge
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9781138958548 - CAT# Y206984
Series: Critical Moments in American History

USD$41.95

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Features

  • Ties Bleeding Kansas to national debates, helping students understand the conflicts that led to the Civil War
  • Unlike books that focus either on the antebellum "Bleeding Kansas" struggle or the Civil War years, my book covers both, offering a more comprehensive view of the Civil War era on the Kansas-Missouri border. Chapters 1-3 cover prewar topics, chapter 4 covers the Civil War, and chapter 5 focuses on historical memory.
  • Selected primary documents allow students to engage directly with historical materials and form their own conclusions

Summary

Between 1854 and 1861, the struggle between pro-and anti-slavery factions over Kansas Territory captivated Americans nationwide and contributed directly to the Civil War. Combining political, social, and military history, Bleeding Kansas contextualizes and analyzes prewar and wartime clashes in Kansas and Missouri and traces how these conflicts have been remembered ever since. Michael E. Woods’s compelling narrative of the Kansas-Missouri border struggle embraces the diverse perspectives of white northerners and southerners, women, Native Americans, and African Americans. This wide-ranging and engaging text is ideal for undergraduate courses on the Civil War era, westward expansion, Kansas and/or Missouri history, nineteenth-century US history, and other related subjects. Supported by primary source documents and a robust companion website, this text allows readers to engage with and draw their own conclusions about this contentious era in American History.

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