Using the Constitution as the cohesive thread, the spring 2014 exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War offered a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln, focusing on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Organized thematically, the exhibit explored how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war: the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and was sponsored by the American Library Association, the Linfield College Department of History, and the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Linfield College also hosted the conference The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln, sponsored by the Linfield College Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, & Justice, the Jereld R. Nicholson Library, and the Linfield College Office of Academic Affairs.

This collection includes lectures delivered in association with the exhibit and as part of the conference.

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Submissions from 2014

Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism, John Burt

Prosperity and Tyranny in Lincoln's Lyceum Address, John Burt and Richard Ellis

Opening Ceremonies for the Traveling Exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, Leon Litwack

Abraham Lincoln and the Ethics of Emancipation, Dorothy Ross and Andrew Valls

Abraham Lincoln's Competing Political Ideals: The Union, Constitution, and Antislavery, Manisha Sinha and William M. Curtis

Lincoln, Sumner, and Shakespeare, John Stauffer and Daniel Pollack-Pelzner

Frederick Douglass's Writings and the Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln, John Stauffer, Manisha Sinha, Dorothy Ross, Michael Zuckert, John Burt, and Nicholas Buccola

Public Lecture for the Traveling Exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, Ronald C. White Jr.

Providentialism and Politics: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural and the Problem of Democracy, Michael Zuckert and David Gutterman