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.