An academic workshop featuring more than two dozen leading Civil War scholars is taking place today (THUR) and tomorrow (FRI) at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. The meeting will focus on the western frontier and the contentious "Border Wars" between Kansas and Missouri. KU history professor Jonathan Earle says their impact can still be felt in the region today.
The conference will also examine how social and political ideological differences in the Civil War era still have repercussions for politics in modern times. The Hall Center workshop is part of a series of events culminating in a major public and academic presentation on the Civil War scheduled for this November at the Kansas City Public Library.