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Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War (Fall 2015): Exhibit

Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War Exhibit at The College of Wooster Libraries

The College of Wooster Libraries will host the traveling exhibit:

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

from October 28 - December 18, 2015

Location: The College of Wooster, Andrews & Gault Libraries, 1140 Beall Ave., Wooster, OH 44691 (NW corner of Beall Avenue and University Street)

This exhibit and all of the related events are Free and Open to the General Public.


First Exhibit Panel

Walkthrough of the "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" with curator Dr. Steve Frank

Exhibit Description

Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of America’s greatest presidents, but his historical reputation is contested. Was he a calculating politician willing to accommodate slavery, or a principled leader justly celebrated as the Great Emancipator? This exhibition provides no easy answers. Abraham Lincoln was confronted with enormous challenges when he was elected president in 1860. The nation was on the brink of Civil War, and Lincoln struggled with issues of secession, slavery and civil liberties—all questions our country’s founding charter left unanswered. President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront these three intertwined crises of war, ultimately reinventing 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.

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The Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War traveling exhibit was created by the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The College of Wooster Libraries applied for and was awarded a grant to bring the traveling exhibit to their library, partnering with the Wayne County Historical SocietyWooster City School District, and the College of Wooster Center for Diversity and Inclusion. This is a One Wooster event.