Hall Center For The Humanities


"Border Wars Symposium"
Seminars : Conflict & International Change Seminar

Thu., Apr. 7, 2011, 9:00am - 5:00pm
For Faculty, Graduate Students and Staff only.
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall


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Co-sponsored by University of Missouri, Kansas City's Department of History and Kansas City Public Library.

Thursday 7 April

Session I: Making the Border Bleed: Slavery, Politics and Geography in Territorial Kansas

9:00-12:00 (with breaks)

Nicole Etcheson

"The Goose Question: The Proslavery Party in Territorial Kansas, Popular Sovereignty, and the Crisis in Law and Order"

Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel,

"Nigger-worshipping fanatics" and "villain[s] of the blackest dye": Racialized Manhoods and the Sectional Debates

Kristen Epps

"The Social Geography of Slavery and Freedom during Bleeding Kansas"

Pearl Ponce, "The Noise of Democracy:" The Struggle over the Lecompton Constitution

Session II: Sectional Crisis and Civil War on the Western Border, 1860-1865

1:00- 5:00 (with breaks)

Randy Mullis

"Posse Comitatus:  An Inadequate Response to

Crime and Security along the Kansas-Missouri Border"

Jonathan Earle

'If I Went West, I Think I Would Go To Kansas': Abraham Lincoln, the Sunflower State, and the Election of 1860

Christopher Phillips

The Dominion System and the Contours of Federal Occupation in the Border Slave States during the Civil War

LeeAnn Whites

"Forty Shirts and A Wagon Load of Wheat:  Women, the Domestic Supply Line, and the Civil War on the Western Border"

Diane Mutti Burke

"Slavery Dies Hard":  Enslaved Missourians' Struggle for Freedom

Friday 8 April

Session III: The Border War and Memory

9:00 – 1:00 (with breaks)

Joseph M. Beilein Jr

"Irregular History for an 'Irregular' War: The Historical Construction of William Clarke Quantrill, the Border War, and the Guerrilla Conflict during the Civil War"

Aaron Astor

"The Lexington Weekly Caucasian: White Supremacist Discourse in Post-Civil War Western Missouri"

John McKerley

Across the Bloody Chasm: Race and the Reconstruction of Missouri Politics

Jeremy Neely

"The Quantrill Men Reunions:  The Border War, Fifty Years On"

Jennifer Weber

"'William Quantrill Is My Homeboy,' or, The Border War Goes to College"

1:00-2:30  Lunch and Wrap-up Discussion

Discussion on revisions and future plans led by Michael Fellman, Jonathan Earle, Diane Mutti-Burke

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