Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Based upon an original interactive exhibit developed by the National Constitution Center, this traveling version explores Lincoln’s struggle to resolve the basic questions that divided Americans at the most perilous moment in the nation’s history.

Join us for, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” coming in 2014. 

 

Bible used at Lincoln’s swearing-in, 1861.
Courtesy of Library of Congress, Rare Book & Special Collections Division


Based upon an original interactive exhibit developed by the National Constitution Center, this traveling version explores Lincoln’s struggle to resolve the basic questions that divided Americans at the most perilous moment in the nation’s history: Was the United States truly one nation, or was it a confederacy of sovereign and separate states? How could a country founded on the belief that “all men are created equal” tolerate slavery? In a national crisis, would civil liberties be secure? President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. Lincoln’s decisions about these three intertwined crises of war reinvented the Constitution and the promise of American life. This exhibition develops a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

Preview the exhibit by taking a video walk-through with the creator of the exhibit, Dr. Steve Frank, Chief Interpretive Officer at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

 

The exhibit is over.

 

 

Join us for birthday cake

“'Strange, Quaint and Great' Reflections on Abraham Lincoln by Donn Piatt” 

 

 

Watch, "Lincoln and the Problem of Freedom," lecture below. Dr J. Michael Rhyne discusses the process of self-emancipation and how slaves themselves forced the federal government to act.

 


 

   

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

 

 

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