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The SIU School of Law will host the traveling exhibition

"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" from October 10 – November 28, 2012.

Abraham Lincoln was confronted with enormous challenges when he was elected president in 1860. The nation was on the brink of Civil War, and Lincoln struggled with issues of secession, slavery and civil liberties—all questions our country's founding charter left unanswered.

President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront these three intertwined crises of war, ultimately reinventing the Constitution and the promise of American life. This exhibition develops a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation's gravest constitutional crisis.

To learn about the Events during the exhibit click here