Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) – Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft yesterday announced a Thursday Evening Speaker Series program examining slavery along the Kansas-Missouri border and the region’s role in the mid-19th century national debate about the institution. The program will be held in the Interpretive Center of the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, the location of the Secretary of State’s State Archives, on Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m.
In her book, Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras, Dr. Kristen Epps traces chattel slavery in the region, exploring how its presence shaped life on this critical geographical, political and social fault line. She recounts how this dynamic, small-scale system—characterized by slaves’ diverse occupations, close contact between slaves and slaveholders and a robust hiring market—emerged from an established Upper South slaveholding culture.
Join us as Epps explains how slavery’s presence along this geographic boundary set the stage for the Civil War and emancipation not just regionally, but across the entire country.
The State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All Archives programs are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.