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.
Schedule of EventsJoin us for birthday cake
“'Strange, Quaint and Great' Reflections on Abraham Lincoln by Donn Piatt”
March 15, 2014
Mac-A-Cheek Castle, West Liberty
Actor Tony St. Clair portrays Donn Piatt, who was a friend of Abraham Lincoln's. Col. Piatt allowed slaves to enter the Union Army and Lincoln reprimanded him for it. Piatt's military career was stymied but the incident shows the strain felt by Lincoln in decisions regading freeing slaves.
“The Day Lincoln Spent in Dayton”
March 18, 2014
Swedenborg Memorial Library
Brown bag presentation by Dayton historian, Josh Cain, based on the book, “The Day Lincoln Spent in Dayton.” Lincoln visited Dayton in 1859 and Mr. Cain will describe the places he visited and the people he met.
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.