EXHIBIT--LINCOLN: The Constitution and the Civil War Kick-off Program & Keynote Address with Frank J. Williams

Monday, December 2, 2013

6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Cost: Free

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2013-12-02 18:30 - 20:30

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National Traveling Exhibit Coming to PPL -- LINCOLN: The Constitution and the Civil War

Keynote Address
We will be kicking-off the Exhibit with a formal program with Rhode Island's Lincoln scholar Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice (retired). His topic will be: "Abraham Lincoln at Midpoint: Emancipation and Gettysburg," as this is the 150th anniversary of the battle and the address.

Visit the Exhibit DECEMBER 1 - JANUARY 21 -- First Floor Reference Department

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” 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. Was he a calculating politician willing to accommodate slavery, or a principled leader justly celebrated as the Great Emancipator? This exhibition provides no easy answers. Rather, it 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. This exhibition develops a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.


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