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The Border between Them: Violence and Reconciliation on the Kansas-Missouri Line Paperback


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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri; Reprint edition (September 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826219640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826219640
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy Neely lives fifteen miles from the Kansas-Missouri line in rural Vernon County, Missouri. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leland Payton on April 22, 2010
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There are quite a number of books about the violence before, during and after the Civil War on the western Missouri/eastern Kansas border. This is the only account I've seen that begins with the Osage Indians and ends with basketball rivalry between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Missouri Tigers. Though it's not a difficult read and not excessively long, it has - for lack of a better phrase - the sweep of history. Though I'm pretty familiar with the region, every several pages I would encounter a twist or an insight that was new to me. Author Neely - obviously an educated historian - is also a connoisseur of stories and quirky factoids. He does the hard rock mining of history - digging out some remarkable nuggets from obscure sources. This book put a new perspective on the violent and troubled past of a region that played a large role at one time in the nation's political development. It was so rich and detailed that I wish it had been two hundred pages longer!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Illiniguy71 on June 25, 2010
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This book examines three counties on each side of the border between Missouri and Kansas running straight south for about 100 miles from Kansas City. Violence began there between Missouri defenders of slavery and Kansas free-soilers as soon as Kansas was opened to settlement in 1854. Violence continued on both sides of the state line right into the Civil and even beyond the end of that war in 1865. Neely has researched the topic with care, imagination, thoroughness. His analysis and interpretation show intelligence, sensitivity, and lack of partisanship. But for all the drama of the topic, I found his narrative to be less exciting than I had hoped it might be. The book does not fully escape its origins as a doctoral dissertation.
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Jeremy Neely's book concentrates on three of the four Missouri Counties in the "Burnt District" that was ordered depopulated by Gen. Ewing's General Order No. 11, and the three Kansas counties just over the border, which include the towns of Laurence and Pottawatomie, Kansas. The book includes a description of the events which resulted in an ever escalating spiral of violence that is covered in detail in many other books but it also includes descriptions or ordinary people along the border and a very informative demographic comparison of the counties from census data that describes the people and agricultural/economic data in a clear, interesting way, and provides objective information about the people along the border and their backgrounds.

The first 131 pages of the book cover the border war in a succinct, interesting, easy to read way. Reading them will greatly enhance understanding of books on John Brown, William Quantrill, James Lane, Charles Jennison as well as those on Bleeding Kansas, the Missouri-Kansas Border War and Bushwhackers, Jayhawkers, Redlegs, The Free-Soil and Abolitionist Movements and other people, organizations and events that lived in or acted on this area.

Beginning with the Osage Indians and ending in 1880 the book studies the significance of the Missouri-Kansas border which divides the watershed of the Osage river and land that is essentially the same on both sides. The border serves, at first, as a border between the white settlers of Missouri and the Indian lands to the west and, also as a result of the Missouri Compromise, as the edge of the region in which slavery is allowed in US states and territories.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Connie Bogner on March 29, 2013
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I love learning more about the Civil War and this is a must for anyone who wants to learn about the CW in Missouri.
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