To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, the Newberry Library, in partnership with the Chicago History Museum and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created an integrated pair of web exhibitions on Lincoln and the West and Lincoln and the Civil War. The digital exhibitions can be found at http://lincolnat200.org.
"Abraham Lincoln and the West, 1809-1860" is a Web-only exhibition that draws on an autobiography that Lincoln wrote for the 1860 presidential campaign and investigates how contests over westward expansion and the future of slavery shaped nineteenth-century political culture.
"The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War" is a digital version of a gallery exhibition at Chicago History Museum (October 10, 2009 to April 4, 2010). It chronicles the fundamental changes in Lincoln's thinking while president that ultimately saved the nation and gave all Americans a new birth of freedom.
Both digital exhibits draw on the rich collections of the Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum. Zoomable images enable readers to engage with primary documents and artifacts from the world Lincoln knew, including some documents in his own hand. References to books and speeches are linked to full-text versions whenever possible.
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