The Civil War Sesquicentennial National Traveling Exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will be on display in the Norwalk Community College Everett I.L. Baker Library from November 2 until December 12, 2012.
The exhibition will tour throughout the United States through May 2015, and NCC is one of 200 sites chosen to host the exhibition for a period of six weeks each. Each site is expected to host public humanities programs related to the exhibition.
In keeping with this requirement, NCC will offer a course titled The Lincoln Years during the college’s fall 2012 semester. The class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and will be taught by Lincoln scholar Dr. Steven Berizzi.
Using the U.S. Constitution as its cohesive thread, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” exhibit will offer a fresh and innovative perspective on the Civil War that brings into focus the constitutional crises 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.
“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” is a collaboration between the National
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Norwalk Community College and the American Library Association (ALA). The national exhibit is supported by NEH’s We the People initiative, whose aim is to stimulate and enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.