Sorry, but your history teacher was wrong--the Civil War started in the West, not the East, on the prairies of Kansas. And contrary to what you saw at the movies, it was in Missouri where African American soldiers first fought and died for their freedom. Those are just two of the eye-opening findings about the Missouri-Kansas Border Region in this ''well-organized'' (Booklist) and ''surprisingly versatile'' (Library Journal) road trip guide for history buffs, budget travelers, and families. First released in 2013, The Big Divide has made its way into thousands of glove boxes and travel bags. Readers learn the Border Region's pivotal role throughout American history, from westward expansion to Indian policy to the Border War to Missouri's role in the Civil War, right through to the 20th century with Harry Truman and the Brown v. Board of Education ruling. The Big Divide features 130 hand-selected sites and battlefields, themed driving tours, kid-friendly sites, maps, informative essays, and the insights of two experienced road trippers.