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"Secession at 150: Examining Federalism" symposium to be held at Longwood

April 13, 2011

Longwood University
Steve Engle

Steve Engle

Bill Freehling

Bill Freehling

The Longwood University Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy will host a mini-symposium "Secession at 150: Examining Federalism" on Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21. 

On Wednesday, April 20, historian William Freehling, senior fellow at the Virginia Foundation for Humanities, will speak on "Virginia's Secession Crisis."  His lecture is based on his most recent project, an edited collection of the Virginia secession convention debates entitled Showdown in Virginia: The 1861Convention and the Fate of the Union and published by the University of Virginia Press.   

On Thursday, April 21, Steven Engle, professor of history at Florida Atlantic University, will speak on "Abraham Lincoln's Crisis of Federalism."  His lecture is based on his current book manuscript, entitled All the President's Statesmen, which is currently under consideration with Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Both lectures will begin at 7 p.m. in Blackwell Hall Ballroom.  A reception and book signing will follow.  This mini-symposium is open to the public and is supported by the American Democracy Project and the Longwood Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy.

William W. Freehling is the Emeritus Singletary Chair in the Humanities from the University of Kentucky.  In  2007, the Oxford University Press published the second and concluding volume Freehling's Road to Disunion, subtitled Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861 (a main selection of the History Book Club, a Washington Post Notable Book of the year, a New York Times Sunday Book Review Editor's Choice, and winner of the Hodges Prize). The first volume of Road to Disunion, subtitled Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854 and published in 1990, was also a History Book Club main selection and was winner of the Owsley Prize. Together with The South versus the South: How Southern Anti-Confederates Shaped the Course of the Civil War (appearing in 2002 and winner of the Jefferson Davis Prize), The  Road to Disunion  reinterprets the causes of the Civil War and of Confederate defeat.

A native of the lower Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, Steven Engle is currently professor of history at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, where he has been for the past twenty years. A former chair of the department, he has authored numerous articles and essays, as well as several books on the American Civil War, including Yankee Dutchman: The Life of Franz Sigel (1993); Don Carlos Buell: Most Promising of All (1999), Struggle for the Heartland (2001); The Civil War in the West (2003); and most recently This Mighty Scourge of War (2005), together with Gary Gallagher, Robert Krick, and Joseph Glattahaar.