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"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War"


Library Main Floor, September 1 Through October 15, 2015

The Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War exhibition has arrived at the Woodward Library. This traveling exhibition is in honor of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, and was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. It will remain on display in the Woodward Library through Oct. 15, 2015.

"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War"

 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Library Main Floor, 3 p.m., September 8, 2015

The ribbon cutting event for "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" exhibit will take place on September 8th. Refreshments will be served and an introduction to the exhibit and related events will be given by Joe Weber, director of library services.

Concert of Civil War Era Music

Mabry Concert Hall (MMC), 4 p.m., September 8, 2015
Following the ribbon cutting event, Dr. Jeffrey Wood, piano, professor of music, and Dr. Jeffrey Williams, baritone, assistant professor of music, will perform a brief concert of Civil War era songs at 4 p.m. in the Mabry Concert Hall. One of the selections to be performed was written by composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk, who played the piece for Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln in Washington.

Dramatic Reading: "Divided: Mary Lincoln and Emilie Todd Helm"

Trahern Theatre, 7 p.m., September 12, 2015
Author and actress Valerie Gugala and actress Sara Resler, from the Chicago metropolitan area, will perform a dramatic reading of “Divided: Mary Lincoln & Emilie Todd Helm.” The award-winning reading was written by Ms. Gugala and is based on actual correspondence between Mrs. Lincoln and her half-sister, Emilie Todd Helm, the wife of Confederate Gen. Benjamin Hardin Helm. The one-hour performance will be followed by a question and answer period and a reception hosted by the Woodward Library Society.

Presentation: “Policing the Pulpit: The Lincoln Administration, the Constitution, and Preachers During the American Civil War”
by Dr. Timothy Wesley, assistant professor of history, APSU.

Woodward Library 3rd Floor, 2:30 p.m., September 15, 2015
Americans during the Civil War witnessed the first society-wide effort to censor the politicized religious speech of denominational ministers in the nation's history. In the name of Union, Abraham Lincoln and his administration played a leading role in that campaign, one that Lincoln believed squared perfectly with the Constitution and the responsibilities it placed upon him as Chief Executive. Dr. Timothy Wesley considers that role in his presentation, based on his recently published book, The Politics of Faith During the Civil War.

Presentation: “How to Win (or Lose) a War in 10 Easy Steps: Comparing Union and Confederate Finances During the Civil War”
by Dr. Greg Zieren, professor of history, APSU.

Woodward Library Room 232, 2:30 p.m., September 23, 2015
This presentation will compare and contrast Civil War financing by both the Union and the Confederacy. This was one of the Confederacy's signal failures, and one of the Union's great successes, thanks in part to President Lincoln, and was a major contributor to the Union winning the war.

Presentation: “Before the 13th Amendment: Lincoln on Colonization and Liberty”
by Dr. Kevin Tanner, associate professor of history, APSU.

Woodward Library Room 232, 4:00 p.m., September 29, 2015
Abraham Lincoln was very much an anti-slavery advocate, but too often, the general public knows him as the Great Emancipator who ended slavery by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation and helping get the Thirteenth Amendment through Congress. Some people are surprised to discover that Lincoln was never an abolitionist. Lincoln had difficulty with the U.S. Constitution because it protected slavery and it did not incorporate the natural rights found in the Declaration of Independence. Unlike William Lloyd Garrison and other abolitionists who denounced the Constitution as “a convent with death and an agreement with hell” and wanted the North to secede from the Union, Lincoln was a unionist. He advocated colonization as a means to keep the Union intact until the United States was no longer a House Divided.

“Fighting for Freedom: Soldiers, Fugitives, and the Emancipation Proclamation”
by Dr. Kelly Houston Jones, assistant professor of history, APSU.

Woodward Library Room 232, 2:30 p.m., October 7, 2015
The Emancipation Proclamation will be discussed and described through a variety of lenses—political, economic, equality, and as war strategy. The Proclamation will be placed in the context of the measures and actions that led to freedom, as well as within the context of the war itself, so that listeners can get the big picture of how freedom was accomplished.

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