Contesting Slavery: Enslaved Missourians' Enduring Struggle for Self Determination

Diane Mutti Burke, author of On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small-Slaveholding Households, examines the lives of African-Americans who were enslaved in Mid-Missouri. The small-scale system of slavery practiced in the region created living and working conditions that compromised the strength of enslaved families and communities and increased the possibilities for physical and psychological abuse, yet, at the same time, enhanced opportunities to resist.

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Diane Mutti Burke

Dr. Diane Mutti Burke is an award-winning author and has written a number of books and articles about slavery, women, and the Civil War in Missouri. She is deeply engaged in bringing the history of this region to the public, through her role as the director of UMKC center for mid-western studies.