William D. Carrigan

William D. Carrigan

William D. Carrigan is a professor of history and the chair of the history department at Rowan University where, since 1999, he has taught over one hundred courses and thousands of students on such topics as the Civil War and Reconstruction, the American West, and the history of New Jersey. A native Texan, he is the author or editor of four books, including The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836–1916 (2004). In collaboration with Clive Webb over the past decade, he has been studying the lynching of Mexicans in the United States. With the support of grants and fellowships from numerous institutions, including the Huntington Library, the National Science Foundation, and the Clements Center, they have published four essays on the subject as well as Forgotten Dead: Mob Violence against Mexicans in the United States, 1848-1928 (2013). Carrigan's research has been cited widely in the news media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, and the Houston Chronicle.

Lectures

  • Standing Down the Mob: Men and Women Who Prevented Lynchings in the United States
  • Why Ordinary People Lynched
  • Forgotten Dead: Mob Violence against Mexicans in the United States
  • Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of Reconstruction
  • Accidents of History: Contingency, Chance, and the Role of Individuals in the Past
  • Traitor State or Jersey Blue? New Jersey and the American Civil War
  • Racial Violence after the Civil War and Its Consequences
  • After Appomattox: The Significance of Reconstruction for Understanding the Meaning of the Civil War
  • Why Students Don't Know Anything about Reconstruction: Three Modern Myths

Process: A Blog for American History

Why Students Don’t Know Anything about Reconstruction: Three Modern Myths

http://www.processhistory.org/carrigan-reconstruction-myths/