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Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation

Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation will be on display on the 2nd floor in the Learning Resources Center August 23 - October 3, 2011. The exhibit, which re-examines President Lincoln's thoughts about slavery, is arranged in six panels that focus on:

  • Young Lincoln's America
  • The House Dividing
  • War for the Union
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • The role of black soldiers in the Civil War
  • The final months of the Civil War and Lincoln's life

Included in the exhibition are rare documents and the latest research that that will take viewers through Lincoln's journey to Emancipation. He was at first a cautious moderate who was willing to allow slavery to continue if it would help preserve the Union, but when this approach failed, he became determined that freeing the slaves immediately was necessary and thus issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

In conjunction with the Forever Free exhibit, the Learning Resources Center also will display materials on Abraham Lincoln from the collection.

In the exhibit are photographs of the sanitary fair, an actual raffle ticket and other rarities, as well as pamphlets, sheet music and cartoons depicting public reactions to the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Location: 1st floor, LRC

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