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Jul 11, 2019 - Jul 11, 2019

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

In her book, "Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras", Dr. Kristen Epps traces the rise and fall of chattel slavery on the Kansas-Missouri border, exploring how its presence shaped life on this critical geographical, political and social fault line. Epps explores how this dynamic, small-scale system—characterized by slaves' diverse occupations, close contact between slaves and slaveholders, a robust hiring market and the prevalence of marriage between slaves of different owners or “abroad marriages”—emerged from an established Upper South slaveholding culture. Drawing on extensive archival research, Epps makes clear that slavery's expansion into Kansas was more than a theoretical, ideological debate. She demonstrates that although the enslaved people of the Kansas-Missouri borderland may have been living on the periphery of the nation, they were in no way peripheral to discussions over slavery's expansion. Join us as Epps describes how slavery’s presence on this geographic boundary set the stage for the Civil War and emancipation on the Kansas-Missouri border, as it did elsewhere in the United States.


Time: 78 p.m.

Location: Missouri State Archives, 600 W. Main St.

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information, contact Tracy Wegman at tracy.wegman@sos.mo.gov or 573-526-5296

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