Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
On display February 23 April 5, 2013
In 1860, at a time when the nation was falling apart, the people of the United States elected Abraham Lincoln as the sixteenth President of the United States. By the time he took the oath of office, seven states had already seceded from the Union. This exhibition vividly evokes 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?
The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized this exhibition with the help of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.
Free admission to the exhibition and public programsFebruary 23-April 5, 2013
Grand Opening: Friday, February 22, 7:00-8:30 pm. Come-and-go reception with remarks at 7:30 pm.
Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum: 3:30 pm
Related Web Sites
Slavery and Abolition
The Civil War
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