The ‘real’ Border War

While ‘Kansas vs. Missouri’ is just a sports rivalry for many people, the feud goes back to before the Civil War. Dr. Diane Mutti-Burke and Dr.  Tony R. Mullis tell us more.

from nick curry
originally aired on ad astra radio on thursday february 23, 2012.

Dr. Diane Mutti-Burke speaks about the origins of the conflict known as ‘Bleeding Kansas’

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Dr. Tony R. Mullis tells us more about the violence of the ‘Bleeding Kansas’ conflict

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The “Border War” isn’t just a sports rivalry — as sometimes even the sports fans will tell you. While it’s debatable just how much of the current sports animosity between the University of Kansas and University of Missouri stems from the conflict between anti-slavery Free-Staters and pro-slavery “Border Ruffians” back in the 1850s. Dr. Diane Mutti-Burke and Dr. Tony R. Mullis tell us more.


Dr, Diane Mutti-Burke is an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her book, On Slavery’s Border, was published in 2010 by the University of Georgia Press.

Dr. Tony R. Mullis is the author of Peacekeeping on the Plains: Army Operations in Bleeding Kansas, published in 2004 by the University of Missouri.