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Stephen D. Engle
Ph.D., Florida State University
Professor and Director, History Symposium Series

Areas of Expertise
19th Century U.S.
Civil War and Reconstruction

 
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Steve Engle studies and teaches the political and economic evolution of the 19th Century American Republic.  His research in this period has  focused on the study of  the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and his books include studies of the ethnic dimensions of the period, civil-military relations during the war, and the politics of power. His books include:  Yankee Dutchman:  The LIfe of Franz Sigel (1993), Don Carlos Buell:  Most  Promising of All (1999), Struggle of the Heartland (2001), The American Civil War in the West (2002),  The American Civil War: T his Mighty Scourge of War (2003), (co-authored with Gary Gallagher, Robert Krick, and Joseph Glatthaar), and most recently a co-edited work entitled, A Yankee Horseman in  the Shenandoah Valley (2012) (co-edited with David Coles). His articles and essays have appeared in Civil War HistoryJournal of the West, Journal of Negro History, Yearbook of German-American Studies, Journal of Urban History, and the AHA  Perspectives.  His current work, Gathering to Save a Nation:  Abraham Lincoln, Union Governors, and the  Preservation  of the Union is forthcoming with Johns Hopkins University Press.  He is also the editor for a volume entitled Abraham Lincoln's Presidency  and Civil War America, forthcoming by the University Press of Florida as the third volume in the series featuring the essays of the Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency.

He has been the recipient of several research and teaching honors including being named the Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Fellow at the Huntington Library, a Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the New York Historical Society, the Scholar-in-Residence at Shepherd College's Civil War Center, and the Frank Klement Lecturer at Marquette University.  He spent the year (1995-1996) as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany teaching at Martin Luther University as well as at the American History Institute in Wittenberg, Germany. He has presented papers and lectured widely in the United States and in Germany, and is a member of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturers' Program, and the Smithsonian Associates Program at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  He has held several elective and appointive offices in the Society of Civil War Historians, having served as the Executive Treasurer since 1992, and also currently serves as the Book Review Editor for the SCWH Newsletter.  Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board for the Abraham Lincoln Prize and the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, as well as several academic press boards.

A native of the Lower Shenandoah Valley, Steve grew up near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  He received his Ph.D. in American History from Florida State University in 1989 and joined the faculty at Florida Atlantic University in 1990.  In his time at FAU he has served as the Director of Graduate Programs (1997-2002), and as Department Chair (2002-2007). 

Undergraduate Courses
  • U.S. History to 1877
  • Age of Jefferson and Jackson
  • Introduction to Historical Study
  • Senior Seminar
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 19th Century America
Graduate Courses
  • The Historical Experience
  • Age of Jefferson and Jackson
  • 19th Century America
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
 

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