EXCERPT: Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras

Today on the blog: An excerpt from Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras by Kristen Epps. In her book, Epps focuses on nineteen counties on the Kansas-Missouri border, tracing slavery’s rise and fall from the earliest years of American settlement through the Civil War. This section explores the contours of the debate taking place at the time around expanding slavery into the West.

Around the South in 15 Books

Maybe you are out of airline miles or don’t have enough gas money. Maybe the vacation days ran out, and you are looking to escape without leaving the comfort of your armchair. Or, perhaps, you are ready for your next road trip and need help deciding where to go. If any of these apply, we’ve…

Remembering Lemuel Penn

On this day in 1964—nine days after the passage of the Civil Rights Act—Lemuel Penn, a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and veteran of World War II, was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan on the Broad River Bridge near the Madison-Elbert County line. This fall we’re reissuing veteran journalist Bill Shipp’s Murder…

We Won the (Firefly) Lottery!

18,000 people enter the lottery. Only 800 are selected. My sister was one. It had been raining the last couple of days–heavy downpours. Our mom tried to talk us out of going, but we were determined to see the fireflies. (Click here to learn more about the Synchronous Firefly lottery in Tennessee.) On June 5,…

July 5th is National Bikini Day

As everybody on social media knows by now, today is National Bikini Day. The bikini made its debut in 1946 and hasn’t left the pool or beach in nearly sixty years. For this, we are indebted to the French designer Louis Reard. His then considered scandalous bikini style embodied the freedom recently won in World…