photo of Lincoln exhibit panel

The Exhibit

The Franklin D. Schurz Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” from February 29 to April 11 in the Library’s 5th Floor.

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.

Considered a controversial president during his tenure, Abraham Lincoln faced many difficult questions during the Civil War. This exhibit examines those struggles and addresses three basic questions he faced during a criticial moment in United States 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?
Lincoln scholars Dr. Robert May (March 6, 5:30 p.m.) and Dr. Bryon Andreasen (April 2, 5:30 p.m.) will be discussing these questions and more. Both events are free and open to the public. Click on the links below for more information about the speaker events and related materials.

Directions and Parking

Speaker Events

The Lincoln Room at the Franklin D. Schurz Library

Related Reading & Media

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War official brochure

Lincoln image: ©2009 Alusiv, Inc.

Last Reviewed: 03/2014