TNCC Displays Traveling Exhibit of Abraham Lincoln’s Struggle to Meet the Constitutional Challenges of the Civil War

Published: February 6, 2012

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition opening at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on Thursday, March 22 in Wythe Hall on the Hampton campus, examines how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War, the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The exhibit is free and open to the public and 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. TNCC will complement the exhibit with several special programs.

Thomas Nelson will celebrate the exhibit opening with three programs featuring Lincoln interpreter Dennis Boggs at 10:00 a.m., noon and 2:00 p.m. on March 22 in Wythe Hall. Boggs performs nationally for all age groups and has presented his program in conjunction with this exhibit in other locations across the country.

On Monday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m., Christopher Phillips, Williamsburg author of “Constitution Café,” will challenge the audience to think about Lincoln’s Constitutional interpretations in “Constitution Café – An Anecdote for Today’s Uncivil Wars?” The town hall meeting style discussion will be held in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall on the Hampton campus.

On Thursday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. in Wythe Hall, TNCC Assistant Professor of English Hollis Pruitt will present “Among Jefferson’s Heirs,” a lecture about the differing constitutional interpretations of Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. Music group Southern Horizon will end the day’s events with two 45-minute sets of period music at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Wythe Hall.

TNCC professor Brian Croteau will present “Lincoln’s Constitutional Issues: The Right to Secede and Habeas Corpus” on Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. in Wythe Hall on the Hampton campus and Monday, April 9 at noon at the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg.

Library of Virginia staff will present “Documenting the Civil War: The Civil War Legacy Project” on Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m. in Wythe Hall. The Civil War 150 Legacy Project representative travels throughout the state to scan privately-held materials related to the Civil War. The images are used to grow Virginia Memory, a digital collection of primary documents of the time period.

The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

The traveling exhibition is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment.

Thomas Nelson is sponsoring free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition. For more information, please contact TNCC Librarian Craig Amos at 825-3829,


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