Pea Ridge National Military Park Hosts Gilder Lehrman Institute Exhibit Looking at Lincoln

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Date: August 30, 2012

The exhibition focuses on images of Abraham Lincoln through the sometimes scathing wit of the political cartoonists of his time, giving visitors the opportunity to set aside their current assumptions of Lincoln and see the man through the eyes of his contemporaries.

As Americans continue to weigh the legacy of slavery, Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War Era allows viewers to explore the issue as it appeared in newspapers during the Civil War era. Without television, radio, or the Internet, Americans relied on the political cartoons in newspapers to express and literally draw out the tensions of the time. Sometimes sharp and offensive, the images of Lincoln offered in this exhibition reveal an America deeply entrenched in racism juxtaposed with one of the exhibition's highlights: a copy of a rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Looking at Lincoln focuses on the election of 1860, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the legacy of the emancipation as it carries through today.

The exhibition will run from September 3 - October 1, 2012 in the park visitor center.

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