Program Details

A Guided Discussion With Dr. Stephen Engle: The War at 100 Years: Bruce Catton and Shelby Foote Meet Jim Crow

Instructor
Stephen Engle
Category
Politics
FGD10181

Course Description

Americans were enthusiastic in the 1960s at the prospect of the Civil War’s centennial. Bruce Catton’s and Shelby Foote’s popular trilogies contributed to the conflict’s memorialization but did little to confront the problems that remained below the surface resulting from the war. The Civil Rights struggle and Jim Crow served as a reminder that all was not well in America, and Reconstruction took center stage in the public arena. Discussion will follow an overview of this conflicted history. 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.