Program Details

The Myth of the Lost Cause - Boca Raton

Stephen Engle
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Course Description

For generations, the "Myth of the Lost Cause" cast a long shadow over the Civil War, America's watershed event. The persistence of that narrative, created by ex-Confederates to justify the just-concluded conflict, remains part of contemporary America. Even today, when controversies over the appropriateness of displaying the Confederate flag erupt, many supporters claim that it symbolizes their regional heritage and states' rights, not the era of slavery. Historian Stephen D. Engle rejects that notion and challenges the enduring Southern reverence for the Confederacy. Drawing on decades of research, Engle focuses on issues central to the myth over generations by targeting its origins during Reconstruction, its cultural endurance through the 1920s and the Great Depression, its challenges to the Civil Rights Era, and even its symbolism in rallying patriotism today. "Dr. Engle is the best. I would take any program that is offered because the content is so enriching, the presentation excellent and his knowledge of the subjects is extraordinary." - OLLI Patron

About the Instructor

  • Stephen D. Engle, Ph.D., is professor of history, a prize-winning author, and director of the Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency. He is a past Fulbright Scholar to Germany, a C-Span lecturer in American history, Andrew Mellon Fellow, and is currently a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and a lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution’s Associates Program. In 2016, he was named Florida Atlantic University’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year and in 2019, he was appointed FAU's Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA.