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Lincoln and the Constitution Exhibit - Feb 1 - Mar 7, 2012: Comments on the Exhibit

In recognition of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2011), the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s election (2010), and the 200th anniversary of his birthday (2009), this exhibit highlights the dangers and controversies that confronted the president.

Visual Comments

Comments on the Whiteboard

I ♥ Abe!


"Lincoln wasn't born with a beard. He grew one after he was elected."


"Abe ain't blincoln."


"Did Abe Lincoln violate the 9th Amendment?"

"Does Amendment 13 apply to conscription/drafts? If so, isn't drafting people similar to treating free men as property of the state?"


"Is secession protected under the Constitution?"

"No, that is kind of the reason that the Civil War happened - in response to the constitutional crisis that the secession represents."

"It was never specifically addressed in the Constitution - meaning it was legal to leave the union primarily because no one until Lincoln said it was illegal."

"This is complicated. However, I believe that secession is an act which ultimately excludes the seceding party fromthe constitution. Therefore, it is irrelevant. If you are no longer part of the USA, how could you be accountable to, or benefit from its constitution?"


"I wish these would have been discussed:

"Is it morally right and, at the same time, favorable to, or, at least, not against, our interests to TRANSFER THE AFRICAN TO HIS NATIVE CLIME AND WE SHALL FIND A WAY TO DO IT."  ~Abraham Lincoln

"I am not in favor, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the

1. Social and political equality of the white and black races...

2. Making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to

3. Hold office, nor to

4. Intermarry with white people.

There must be the position of superior and inferior and I as mucha as any other man AM IN FAVOR OF having the SUPERIOR POSITION ASSIGNED TO THE WHITE RACE."

~ Senator Abraham Lincoln, Charleston  September 18, 1858.

For sources, check out these:

The Writings of Abraham Lincoln - Vol IV

Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream/ Lerone Bennett E457.2 .B44 2000

Colonisaton After Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement/ Magness and Page E453 .M24 2011

Lincoln was no abolitionist PERIOD."


"You found a racist in the 1860s - Congrats"



Which one of the following did Lincoln support as solutions for freed slaves?

a. integration

b. apartheid

c. deportation

d. 40 acres and amule

Did you already know this?

yes: 6

no: 8

"I guess Lauryn Hill wasn't the only one who received a miseducation."

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