Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Main Library
tags: Art Exhibits

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  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • American Library Association
  • National Constitution Center

Using the Constitution as the cohesive thread, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

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.

The City Library's American Histories Series brings the topics from this exhibition to life through films and lectures. Visit to see all upcoming American Histories Series events.

Location: Main Library, Level 1

Contact Information: (801) 524-8200