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Kristen Epps is an assistant professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas. Her book, Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras, was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2016. Her research interests include race relations in the trans-Mississippi West, abolitionism, Bleeding Kansas, and religious reform movements. Her work has appeared in Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border (University Press of Kansas, 2013), and she is currently working on additional projects concerning the sectional crisis, focusing particularly on abolitionism and the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.