The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region

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Ready for your next great road trip? Let a historian and journalist take you on a guided tour of the Missouri-Kansas border region - where some of the most consequential episodes in U.S. history took place. Here is where the Civil War started, as pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces battled over the fate of Kansas. Here is where African-American soldiers fought for their freedom for the first time. And this is the place that pathbreaking Americans like George Washington Carver, Harry Truman, and Amelia Earhart ...
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Overview

Ready for your next great road trip? Let a historian and journalist take you on a guided tour of the Missouri-Kansas border region - where some of the most consequential episodes in U.S. history took place. Here is where the Civil War started, as pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces battled over the fate of Kansas. Here is where African-American soldiers fought for their freedom for the first time. And this is the place that pathbreaking Americans like George Washington Carver, Harry Truman, and Amelia Earhart called home. Trip planning is easy with this guide, which is packed with themed driving tours, kid-friendly sites, and tips from two experienced history travelers. Take a ride on The Big Divide!
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The Kansas-Missouri border region packs a whole lot of historical significance into a relatively compact area, making it an ideal destination for travelers with lots to see and limited time to see it. Eickhoff (Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols) and Barnhart (Tasteland) take care to present several options for touring the region, including eight driving tours and an index of sites by city. The meat of the guide, an in-depth examination of over 130 places of cultural or historical interest, is divided into chronological sections such as “First People,” “The Battle for Missouri,” and “After the War.” These sites run the gamut from large federally maintained monuments to one-room county museums, but the lively, detailed descriptions make clear the appeal and significance of each one. Information about accessibility for disabled visitors and family-friendliness of attractions is thoughtfully listed, in addition to standards such as hours of operation and admission fees.

Verdict A well-organized, thorough, and surprisingly versatile guidebook, given its limited geographic scope. Recommended for Civil War buffs, regional collections, and road trippers looking for their next itinerary.—Neil Derksen, Pierce Cty. Lib. Syst., Tacoma
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976443414
  • Publisher: Quindaro Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 686,432
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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