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Dissent as Treason: The Lesson from Bleeding Kansas

We think we know about Bleeding Kansas.: the little Civil War that helped to light the spark for the big one.  The years of arson, pillage, and the coldblooded murder of civilians by both sides have been tucked away in the back corners of our minds since high school American History class. What we don’t […]

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Life at the Edge of the War

On the Missouri-Kansas border, the official outbreak of the Civil War merely resurrected the savage conflict over “Bleeding Kansas”  that had paused only briefly a year or two before.  As in other parts of the West, the two regular armies had few troops to spare for remote border struggles.  The inhabitants were left to settle […]

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