Lincoln Exhibit


Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

About the Exhibit

Organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.  TAMIU is one of only 50 sites across the nation to host the exhibit.

What You’ll See

The TAMIU exhibition includes informative themed panels including “The Civil War as a Constitutional Crisis,” “Secession,” “Slavery,” “Civil Liberties,” and “Legacy.” All feature photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Thirteenth Amendment.
See some select images here.

Why It’s Important

Elected as the 16th President of the United States in 1860, Lincoln became President of a nation on the brink of war. The exhibit explores the struggle faced by President Lincoln to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War and reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. The exhibition generates an understanding of Lincoln as a president dealing with the secession of Southern states from the Union and issues regarding slavery and wartime civil liberties.

Broadly referred to as one of America’s greatest presidents, President Lincoln’s reputation has also been disputed. During his presidency, Lincoln struggled to resolve basic questions that divided Americans when the nation was in a time of crisis: Was the United States truly one nation, or a confederacy of separate and sovereign states? How could a nation, established on the principle that “all men are created equal” allow slavery? Would civil liberties be secure during a time of national crisis?

Exhibit Themes

Key themes that the Exhibition explores include: The Civil War as a Constitutional Crisis, Secession, Slavery, Civil Liberties, and Lincoln’s Legacy.

Special Events

An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in the Colonnade of the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, followed by a lecture by TAMIU Regents Professor Dr. Jerry D. Thompson. The exhibition will be on display through Wednesday, May 18.

On Wednesday, April 27 from 6-7 p.m. in the Killam Library Colonnade.  TAMIU professors Dr. Deborah Blackwell and Dr. William Riggs will explore themes relating to the themes of the Exhibit at “A Night with Lincoln. Program is free and open to the public.

For other events, visit @TAMIU, the Online Calendar

Arranging a Visit or Tour

You may visit the Lincoln Exhibit during normal Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library hours of operation. TAMIU is also offering free programs and other events in connection with the exhibition; all open to the public and free of charge. To schedule a tour or have a large group accommodated, please contact Jeanette Hatcher, Reference/ Special Collections librarian at 956.326.2404, e-mail or visit offices located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 205B.

Tools for Teachers

Lincoln Exhibit Teachers Guide

Lincoln Lesson Plans

The US Constitution

About the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library

Students and faculty at Texas A&M International University benefit from an attractive library facility that is well equipped to handle traditional print library resources as well as ever-changing electronic library services. It houses more than 259,086 bound volumes, 1,079,218 microfiche and microfilm and over 51,298 state and federal documents. Library users have access to 1,464 print subscriptions and approximately 28,895 electronic journals in full text or full image. Other research resources include over 46,000 electronic books.

The Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library library belongs to TexShare, a state-wide resource sharing network featuring joint electronic databases, and the following state-wide services: an interlibrary loan agreement supported by a courier service and Internet document delivery and a universal library ID card. The Killam Library is also a member of OCLC, the largest library network in North America, which makes the collections of other institutions available to our library through interlibrary loan.

The library also belongs to a consortium of other Texas A&M University System libraries, which shares the Voyager Integrated Library System.

The Library began its first year of operation in 1995 as an independent, University library. We are in the process of building collections and designing services at a fascinating time when the definition of library service is changing rapidly due to electronic information sources and telecommunications. We invite you to take advantage of these trends and explore the information resources in our Library. You may also wish to contact the Killam Library staff via E-mail if you have questions about our services.

Interesting Links

Teaching Abraham Lincoln

Interactive Timeline of Lincoln’s Most Famous Speeches on the Union

American Interactive Map on the Eve of the Civil War

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Constitution Center

American Library Association

Abraham Lincoln / The White House

Presidential Library and Museum

Video on demand from library.tamiu.edu