Program Details

A Guided Discussion With Dr. Stephen Engle: The Civil War's Lost Causes: Beyond Appomattox

Instructor
Stephen Engle
Category
FGD10041

Course Description

In the decades immediately following the Civil War, Americans struggled with setting the record straight and establishing a common narrative about causation, military strategy, and how and why the North won. A “Lost Cause” narrative emerged that shaped a military-centered view that dominated the popular culture as veterans, journalists, and essayists assessed the war’s turning points to explain victory and defeat. Following an overview, the discussion will delve into these "Lost Causes." Opinions are bound to vary! The success of this new format hinges on the tolerance and mutual respect of each attendee. OLLI Boca is confident that participants will engage in the spirit of open-mindedness and civil debate.


About the Instructor

  • Stephen Engle, Ph.D. teaches 19th-Century America, including the Age of Jefferson and Jackson, and has completed a new book on Federalism during the American Civil War.  He earned a doctoral degree in American History and has been at FAU since 1990, serving for five years as the history department chair.  He is also a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and a lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution's Associates Program. In 2016, he was named FAU's Distinguished Teacher of the Year.