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Dec 12

THE RECONSTRUCTION OF AMERICA: THE UNFINISHED REVOLUTION

Presented by the FAU/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

December 12, 2019

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THE RECONSTRUCTION OF AMERICA: THE UNFINISHED REVOLUTION Stephen Engle

Reconstruction of the United States after the American Civil War has been an ongoing process, because Americans began the process not in April 1865 with peace, but in April 1861 with war. Yet, how Americans came to understand this transformative period had as much to do with the historians who in subsequent years gave it a history, as those who lived through the era. Yet, we continue to grapple with how emancipation, the 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments, as well as the political culture refashioned society. The story begins with how each side justified their resort to war and how unintended consequences reshaped society and nation-state relations from the very beginning.. Much new scholarship has surfaced in recent years, and it is important in our modern quest to understand the nature of war and society, that we should place the story of Reconstruction where it properly belongs in helping us understand why post-war Reconstruction failed, and how each subsequent generation has dealt with the failure. By surveying the changes wrought by war, Stephen D. Engle reassesses the Civil War arguing that wartime Reconstruction truly represented fundamental change resulting not only in the liberation of southern slaves, but also in the preservation of American federalism and the expansion of civil rights.

Dr. Stephen D. Engle is professor of history, and Director of the Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency at Florida Atlantic University. He is a past Fulbright Scholar, an Andrew Mellon Fellow, a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and a lecturer for the Smithsonian Associates program at the Smithsonian Institution. In 2016, he was named Florida Atlantic University’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year. His recent book, Gathering to Save a Nation, received the 55th Annual Barondess/Lincoln Award.

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