Slavery-hatin' John Brown (my beloved hero and star of an upcoming picture book I'm working on at this very moment) has been in the news this week. Missouri and Kansas play a tackle football game this weekend. It happens to be a very important one because Kansas is nationally ranked No. 2 and Missouri No. 4. Repeat: Football, not basketball.
On the telecast, I'm sure you will see some John Brown/Quantrill's Raid references. Don't let the anti-abolitionist media fool you into feeling sorry for the Bushwackers. Savages who kill Free-Staters! Border Ruffians! Marauding mercenaries! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!