With the announced renewal of the Missouri-Kansas sports rivalry in 2019, Our Missouri opens the first half of Season 3 with an examination of the origins and history behind this rivalry, while also looking at the conflicts that defined Missouri's borders and identity before, during, and after the Civil War. This episode features a conversation with Kristen Epps about her book, "Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras," published by University of Georgia Press.
Kristen Epps holds a PhD in History from the University of Kansas. Presently, she serves as an associate professor of history at Kansas State University. She is also the Managing Editor of Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains. She is the author of "Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras."