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.
This lecture, designed for New Jersey audiences, explores the history of New Jersey in the sectional conflict and the Civil War. The only free state that gave a majority of its popular vote to Lincoln's opponents in both 1860 and 1864, New Jersey was regarded cooly by many in the Union during and after the Civil War. Yet, the state delivered food, forged weapons, and provided thousands and thousands of troops for the Union armies. This lecture explores the Janus-face of New Jersey during the Civil War and concludes by considering whether New Jersey should be considered more similar to the loyal border states such as Delaware and Maryland or more similar to the free states such as Pennsylvania and New York.