University of Missouri Research Board

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Research Questions

Central to Mutti Burke’s research are everyday interactions in slaveholding Missouri: relationships inside and outside farms, marriages, and the formation of communities. These questions are relevant well beyond state borders. As she notes, “in the South, as a whole, the vast majority of slaveholders owned 20 or fewer slaves”—and so slaves in that region may have formed communities similar to those characteristic of Missouri farms, rather than large plantations.

On Slavery

Diane Mutti Burke
Assistant Professor, History
UM Kansas City

By Christina Andrade