Six years before the Civil War officially began, shots were fired in the Kansas Territory in the fight between pro-slavery settlers and free staters.
Despite the amount that's been written about the American Civil War and its causes, the nation's western involvement in the leadup to the conflict is not often detailed. Host Charity Nebbe talks with archeologist Doug Jones and historian Lowell Soike. Soike has written a new book, Busy in the Cause: Iowa the Free State Struggle in the West and the Prelude to the Civil War which explores the role of Iowa in deciding the question of slavery on the frontier. They share stories about raids and rescues on the Underground Railroad, and Doug tells us about his most recent discoveries about Underground Railroad activity in Clinton County.