Dr. Charles Hubbard, Professor of History and Lincoln Historian from Lincoln Memorial University, will present a talk entitled "Lincoln and the Constitution" on November 20 at 2 p.m. in the East Tennessee History Center.
Dr. Aaron Astor, Assistant Professor of History at Maryville College, will present "Lincoln’s Loyal Mountaineers: East Tennessee and Union Political Strategy" on November 30 at 12 p.m. in the East Tennessee History Center Auditorium.
Dr. Thomas Mackey, Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Brandeis School of Law in Louisville, Kentucky, will speak on December 14 at 12 p.m. in the East Tennessee History Center Auditorium. He will recount the the context of the Constitution's Civil War amendments and will argue that a broader understanding of the amendments' goals helps to clarify their purposes.
Mr. Thomas Mackie, Director of the Abraham Lincoln Museum at Lincoln Memorial University, will present "Lincoln's Long Shadow: Statues, Monuments, and Landscape" on January 11 at 12 p.m. in the East Tennessee History Center Auditorium.
Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860, at a time when the nation was on the brink of war. Lincoln struggled to resolve several key questions that divided Americans during one of the most perilous moments in our nation’s history—the questions of secession, slavery, and wartime civil liberties.
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War examines these dilemmas, and shows us how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront these three crises of war, ultimately reinventing the Constitution and the promise of the American way of life.
Original artifacts and documents that explore President Lincoln and his Vice President Andrew Johnson’s ties to East Tennessee will also be on display, including an early copy of the Gettysburg Address circulated shortly after Lincoln’s speech in 1863.
Free and open to the public, this exhibit will be on display at the East Tennessee History Center from November 20, 2011 to January 13, 2012. Please see the East Tennessee History Center’s website for hours and directions.
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center and currently touring the United States. Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Local Celebrities Read Seminal Lincoln Texts
Listen to the Gettysburg Address and other documents written by Abraham Lincoln and read by local celebrities.
Knox County Commissioner Mike Hammond reads the Gettysburg Address
Abby Ham reads "A Special Message to Congress, July 4, 1861"
Civil War Book & Discussion Series
The Mask of Lincoln
Based on the scholarship and collections of the National Portrait Gallery and organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Mask of Lincoln presents 10 iconic portraits of President Abraham Lincoln. These portraits illustrate the changing faces that Lincoln presented to the world as he began his presidency and led the fight to preserve the union during the Civil War.
The portraits will be on display at the following locations:
Powell Branch Library through November 21, 2011
Cedar Bluff Branch Library from
November 22, 2011 through January 3, 2012
Burlington Branch Library from
January 4, 2012 through March 5, 2012
South Knoxville Branch Library from
March 5, 2012 through May 7, 2012
Sponsored by the Friends of the Knox County Public Library
Interactive Online Game
Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads is an educational game based on the traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War.
The online game is intended for advanced middle and high-school students. It invites them to learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice and prompts players to decide the issue for themselves, before learning the actual outcome. At the end of the game, players discover how frequently they predicted Lincoln’s actions.
With both broadband and low-bandwidth versions, the game can be played from any computer with an internet connection. To play, click here.