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Past Bleeding Into Present: Quantrill's Raid

Aug 20, 2013

Bleeding Kansas wasn’t just a figurative term, and if you need proof, just look at Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence.

Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri looks at the long-held tensions on the two states' borders.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we examine the circumstances that led to the famous massacre, from the 1861 sacking of Osceola in slave-state Missouri to other rising violence of the Civil War with guests Jonathan Earle and Diane Mutti Burke, who edited Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border.


  • Jonathan Earle is an associate professor at the University of Kansas and the author of Jacksonian Antislavery and the Politics of Free Soil and John Brown’s Raid: A Brief History with Documents.
  • Diane Mutti Burke is an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the author of On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small-Slaveholding Households, 1815–1865.

HEAR MORE: Jonathan Earle and Diane Mutti Burke speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St.