The National Constitution Center (NCC) created an exhibit on Abraham Lincoln and constitutional issues during the Civil War era.

This exhibit engaged public considerations about the sources and uses and limits of constitutional authority in wartime.

The NCC built the exhibit around the three principal constitutional crises of Lincoln’s administration: secession, slavery and emancipation, and civil liberties during wartime.

Its purpose is not to present original research, but rather to frame the issues in a way that engages visitors largely unfamiliar with the constitutional issues and history of the Civil War.