Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition, examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.
Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of America's greatest presidents, but his historical reputation is contested. The exhibition encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with Lincoln's struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. Visitors develop a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation's gravest constitutional crisis.
This exhibit is sponsored by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).