JANUARY 22, 2014


January 22, 2014 “The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region” by Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart


The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region, by Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart. 


Called everything from the country's "top television critic" (KNX Radio) to "the dean of Leno criticism" (New York Observer), Aaron Barnhart has been on the staff of the Kansas City Star since 1997. His syndicated columns, blog posts, even his tweets are regularly quoted everywhere from the New York Times to Gawker. He is widely regarded as the nation's leading expert on late-night television. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CBS Radio, and countless NPR and news-talk programs from coast to coast, including Canada.

For 16 years the authors have been driving back and forth across one of the least visible and most contentious borders in American history: the Missouri-Kansas state line.  This boundary — this line in the dirt — once produced the fierce border wars that gave the world John Brown, Jesse James, William Clarke Quantrill and Ride With the Devil. But it also produced Harry Truman, Amelia Earhart, George Washington Carver, and three world-famous painters whose works could not have happened anywhere else.  The Civil War was fought here in the West before it was won in the East. The battles at Wilson’s Creek and Pea Ridge were crucial to keeping Missouri in the Union. History was made right here, by African American regiments who were seeing combat for the first time in the Civil War (long before the 54th Massachusetts of Glory renown).  Now it’s your turn to discover this remarkable landscape. The Big Divide will take you to the most compelling and unique sites where history happened along this turbulent border. Diane and Aaron — she’s a historian, he’s a journalist — can tell you why these sites mattered and make it easy for you to put together a themed driving tour to your tastes. If you’ve got kids, they’ve got you covered, too.


The web site is www.TheBigDivide.com