Picture of Abraham Lincoln
From Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War;
ALA, NCC, NEH © Alusiv, Inc.
Opening Reception - Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the South Branch Library.

The reception will include the talk "Secession from the Ratification of the Constitution to the Election of Lincoln."

The Denton Public Library will present a series of programs and exhibitions about Abraham Lincoln and the crises of the Civil War, slavery, and the question of civil rights. The major component of this series is the traveling exhibition Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War, which will be on display at the South Branch Library Monday, December 2, 2013 through Friday, January 24, 2014.

“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 travelling exhibition has been 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. It uses the U. S. Constitution as a cohesive thread to offer a fresh and innovative perspective on the Civil War that brings into focus the constitutional crisis at the heart of this great conflict. The exhibition identifies three crises – the secession of the Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties – and explores how Lincoln sought to meet these political and constitutional challenges. The exhibition encourages visitors to understand the Civil War as a test of the U. S. Constitution, to consider Lincoln’s options through his own eyes, and to reflect on the significance of that great 19th-century conflict.


An image depicting Frederick Douglass
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
There will be several related events throughout the months of December and January (click here for a printable calendar of events). These include:

For more information, call (940) 349-8752

South Branch Library
3228 Teasley Ln.
Denton, TX
Emily Fowler Central Library
502 Oakland St.
Denton, TX
North Branch Library
3020 N. Locust St.
Denton, TX

Additional Resources
Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and the Constitution



Movies & Video

Selected Items in the Library Collection

Illustrated Image of Abraham Lincoln “Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads”
This online game was produced by the National Constitution Center to invite students to learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made.

These programs are made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Constitution Center; the American Library Association; and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.