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Linfield hosts exclusive Lincoln exhibit

Abraham LincolnLinfield College has been selected to host the conference “The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln” and the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.”

The exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” will be featured in Jereld R. Nicholson Library April 2-May 16. The exhibit explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war — the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. In addition to the opening of the exhibit, Leon Litwack, professor of American history emeritus at University of California, Berkeley, will speak at the opening ceremony for the exhibit on Thursday, April 3. Ron White, author of “A. Lincoln: A Biography,” will be the second speaker in conjunction with the Lincoln Exhibit on Tuesday, April 15.

The conference will be held in conjunction with the exhibit May 8-10 in Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Seven of the top Lincoln scholars in the country will present lectures on Lincoln, the Civil War and the political thought of that era.

• William B. Allen, professor of political science at Michigan State University and editor of “The Essential Antifederalist,” will present “To Preserve, Protect and Defend: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.”

• John Burt, professor of English at Brandeis University and author of “Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism,” will present “Prosperity and Tyranny in Lincoln’s Lyceum Address.”

• Allen Guelzo, professor of history at Gettysburg College and author of “Gettysburg,” will present “Four Roads to Emancipation.”

• Dorothy Ross, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and author of “The Origins of American Social Science,” will present “Lincoln and the Ethics of Emancipation.”

• Manisha Sinha, professor of Afro-American studies at University of Massachusetts and author of “To Live and Die in the Holy Cause: Abolition and the Origins of America’s Interracial Democracy,” will present “Lincoln’s Competing Political Ideals: The Union, Constitution, and Antislavery.”

• John Stauffer, professor of English and American literature and Afro-American studies at Harvard University and author of “Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln,” will present “Lincoln, Sumner and Shakespeare.”

• Michael Zuckert, professor of political science at University of Notre Dame and author of “Completing the Constitution: The Post-Civil War Amendments,” will present “Lincoln and the American Amalgam.”

In preparation for the conference, the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice will sponsor an undergraduate reading group on Lincoln’s speeches and a persuasive speaking competition related to the themes of the exhibit and the conference.

The exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and 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. The conference is sponsored by Linfield College Nicholson Library and the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice.

More information on specific dates and times of each lecture will be available soon. All of the events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield Libraries, 503-883-2517.