Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

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 traveling 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.

Union army recruitment broadside, 1863.
Image Courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia
From the beginning of the war, blacks clamored to enlist in the Union army. After 1863, they were permitted to do so. By the end of the war, nearly 190,000 black troops had risked their lives for the Union.