Videos for May 26, 2011

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Kerry Altenbernd describes the Battle of Black Jack

Kerry Altenbernd, tour coordinator for Black Jack Battlefield, describes the battle, the first armed conflict between pro- and anti-slavery forces. Altenbernd says that many historians believe that the battle at Black Jack, three miles east of Baldwin City, was the beginning of the Civil War.

Published on May 26, 2011

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Paul Bahnmaier discusses the Lecompton Constitution

Paul Bahnmaier, president of the Lecompton Historical Society, talks about the Lecompton Constitution and how historically important it was. The constitution caused a debate in Congress, splitting the Democratic party, which allowed Abraham Lincoln to win the presidential election with just 39 percent of the vote.

Published on May 26, 2011