Which State does Missouri Hate More? Kansas or Illinois?
Apparently there was a long time boarder war that Missourians were involved in which led them to have a distain, dare I say hatred, for their neighboring state.
I gotta be honest, I grew up in Chicagoland, when you grow up in that part of Illinois you never think of Missouri. Missouri seems like the deep south to a person living in Chicago, we were always wayyyy more concerned with Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and frankly Iowa. But ever since moving down to Quincy, IL a couple years ago, I definitely feel there is an Illinois versus Missouri rivalry, we have very different state politics, Illinois feels northern compared to Missouri with more southern values. That's why I was surprised to learn that apparently Missourians have a bigger rivalry with Kansa than they do Illinois.
Have you ever heard of the "Kansas-Missouri Boarder War"? well it is really just a college sports rivalry between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Missouri Tigers BUT it has roots in a real dark historical time in our country. According to Wikipedia.org it is believed that the bad blood between Missouri and Kansas as states started back during the times of slavery and the Civil War, the site says...
"These incidents were attempts by some Missourians (then a slave state) to influence whether Kansas would enter the Union as a free or slave state...When the Civil War began, the animosity that developed during the Kansas territorial period erupted in particularly vicious fighting. In the opening year of the war, six Missouri towns and large swaths of western Missouri were plundered and burned by various forces from Kansas generically termed jayhawkers. These attacks led to a retaliatory raid on Lawrence, Kansas two years later..."
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Now I don't know how much of this hatred or disdain still stands to this day, I would argue if you polled the people of the great state of Missouri and asked them which state they like more Illinois or Kansas, I have a feeling people would say they like Kansas more. Kansas feels like a cross between Missouri and Oklahoma, where Illinois feels a little more urban and northern to relate to Missouri.