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The Georgia Tech Library will host the opening reception for "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" on Thursday, January 10 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. in the Clough Commons 3rd floor Gallery Space. Light refreshments will be served.
Based on an original, interactive exhibit developed by the National Constitution Center, this traveling version explores Lincoln’s struggle to resolve the basic questions that divided Americans at the most perilous moment in the nation’s 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? President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. Lincoln’s decisions about these three intertwined crises of war reinvented 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.
The exhibition was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It's made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
As a supplement to the exhibit, the Georgia Tech Archives will showcase images of Tech's campus during the Civil War. These images belong to a Library of Congress collection.
For more information, contact Jennifer Upton, Marketing & Events Manager for the Library, at (404) 894-8915 or Jennifer.Upton@library.gatech.edu.