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Will Haynes, Speaker

Director of engagement and learning for Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence

The Civil War in Kansas

For Kansans, the violent guerrilla warfare between proslavery and antislavery forces known as Bleeding Kansas foreshadowed the national Civil War to come. From 1861-65, the border struggle continued to heat up as Kansans fended off Confederate attacks, accepted the formerly enslaved into their communities, and engaged in bitter political debates. Men of all backgrounds—white, black, and Native American—served in uniform, while women managed farmsteads and formed societies to help the needy. This talk presents the story of Kansas during the Civil War and how it helped shape the state’s image for years afterward.

Contact Will directly about speaking at your event:
whaynes@watkinsmuseum.org
(315) 373-3692
Lawrence

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