FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Stephen Engle, Ph.D.


Stephen Engle, Ph.D., teaches 19th-century America, including the Civil War and Reconstruction Era. He has completed a new book entitled “Gathering to Save a Nation,” forthcoming by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He holds a Ph.D. in American History and has been at FAU since 1990, serving for five years as History Department Chair. He is Executive Secretary and Book Review Editor for the Society of Civil War Historians, a member of the Abraham Lincoln Advisory Board, a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and a lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution.

The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln

The presidential oath is simple and passes from one person to another months before by popular election and then by ritualistic casting of votes by presidential electors. The only requirement is that the person swear to faithfully execute the Office of the President. Abraham Lincoln came into office with perhaps less political experience than any previous president, and he served a nation of more than 30 million Americans during its greatest crisis. It was a nation divided when he assumed the oval office, and it was his task to bind up the nation's wounds and restore the Union and the compact of the Founding Fathers.

This course will examine how he managed to execute his solemn oath, while preserving the Union and bringing about the abolition of slavery.

Four Lectures
  1. The State of the Union  This lecture will place Lincoln in the context of the times in which he inherited the office of the presidency, and how he assembled a cast that helped him mobilize for war.
  2. The Changing Nature of War  This lecture will trace the evolution of Lincoln's limited war for limited goals strategy through the first two years of the conflict
  3. The Expanding Presidency  This lecture will explore how the Emancipation Proclamation and Conscription helped bring an understanding of the expansion of the federal government and how it laid the bedrock for a more perfect Union.
  4. Reconstruction of the Union  This lecture will examine the nature of the relationship between the war and reconstruction and how Lincoln steadily embraced the war as an attempt to reconstruct the Union
Course # W4R3
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 2015
  Time:1:30 – 3 p.m.
  Fee:$34/member; $54/non-member