Missouri’s status as a border state forced many of its citizens to make difficult decisions and choose sides in a complex situation that resulted in a bitter, divisive, brutal, and psychological war within a war. Organized along three broad themes, the exhibition looks at the contest for the hearts, minds, and bodies of Missouri’s citizens. The complex issue of slavery in Missouri is examined in the context of that contest. The guerilla war that consumed Missouri during the period of the Civil War and the Union efforts to suppress that activity are featured as well.
Funded project of the Missouri Humanities Council. The Missouri Humanities Council is a non-profit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Missouri, and through grants and donations.