Program Details

A Guided Discussion With Dr. Stephen Engle: The War at 75: Abraham Lincoln and "Gone with the Wind"

Stephen Engle
Politics / Drama

Course Description

By the 1930s, Americans had little connection to the Civil War, but found a “usable past” in the conflict as New Dealers, civil rights activists, and Hollywood tried to provide relief by looking backward. Abraham Lincoln’s popularity surged but so did author Margaret Mitchell’s, whose novel, "Gone with the Wind", offered a sympathetic portrayal of the Confederacy. Following an overview, participants will discuss the ramifications and outcomes of the ever-changing narrative of the Civil War. 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.


Upcoming programs presented by Stephen Engle.

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One-Time FGD10251 Stephen Engle A Guided Discussion With Dr. Stephen Engle: The War That Won’t Go Away: Today’s Search for a Usable Past

Monday, October 25: 10:00 am - 11:30 am