PRINCETON – On Tuesday, May 15 at 6:15 p.m. the Princeton Public Library will show a movie, cosponsored by the Owen Lovejoy Homestead, to kick off their tourist season. The historical drama chosen for this event celebrates the passage of a constitutional amendment that Owen Lovejoy himself believed in and contributed to during his tenure in office.
As the American Civil War winds toward conclusion, the 16th president of the United States struggles to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery in the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if peace comes before the amendment is passed the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. The president must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. He is conflicted about the timing since he knows an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over freedom of its entire population, he faces his own crisis of conscience: end slavery or end the war.