Constitution and the Civil War focus of Lincoln lecture

Ron WhiteHistorian Ronald White, Jr., author of the biography “A. Lincoln: A Biography,” will speak during the exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

White is an American historian, bestselling author and scholar of Abraham Lincoln. His 2009 biography on Lincoln was a New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times bestseller, honored as one of the best books of the year by several other publications and received the Christopher Award, awarded to books affirming the highest values of the human spirit. He has written eight books including “Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural” and “The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words.” He has lectured at the White House and has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, Whitworth University, Colorado College and Rider University. White is a UCLA and Princeton University graduate with a Ph.D. in religion and history.

Linfield will host “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” from April 2 through May 16. The exhibit, which is organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, is a traveling exhibition for libraries. The exhibit explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront major crises of the Civil War, including the secession of southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The traveling exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by The American Library Association, the Linfield College Department of Political Science, and Nicholson Library. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or email