Maine Historical Society



A Past Exhibit

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

November 12 – December 20, 2014

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The Brown Library at MHS hosted the traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War. This exhibition told the story of Abraham Lincoln's struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War.

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.

This exhibition was on view in the second floor reading room of the Brown Library at MHS.

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War was co-sponsored by Maine Irish Heritage Center, and was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

Maine Irish Heritage Center     National Endowment for the Humanties

American Library Association     National Constitution Center

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