William Mulligan Jr.


Dr. William Mulligan Jr.

Dr. William Mulligan Jr.



  • Ph.D., Clark University, 1982
  • M.A., Clark University, 1973
  • B.A., Assumption College, 1970


  • "How the Irish became American." Heritage, Diaspora and the Consumption of Culture: Movements in Irish Landscape. ed. Diane Sabenacio Nitiham and Rebecca Boyd. Farham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2014.
  • "Race religion in the Mexican War." The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History: The Colonial Period to 1877. ed. Antonio S. Thompson and Christos G. Frentzos. New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • "The Civil War in Western Kentucky and West Tennessee, 1860-1865: Toward Understanding the Significance of the Jackson Purchase." Journal of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society. XLI (2014).
  • "Alive and Well: New Perspectives on Irish America." Journal of American Ethnic History. 31, 3 (Spring, 2012).
  • "The Anatomy of Failure: Nineteenth-Century Irish Copper Mining in an Emerging Atlantic and Global Economy," The Irish in the Atlantic World. ed. David Gleeson. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2010.
  • "Shades of Green and Orange: the Varied Meanings of 'Irishness' in the Diaspora." Affecting Irishness: Mutability, Nationality, & Writing ‘The Green.’  Ed. James P. Byrne, Padraig Kirwan, and Michael O'Sullivan. New York: Peter Lang, 2009.
  • "What we Know about the Irish in the United States: Reflections on the Historical Literature of the Last Twenty Years." ABEI Journal (Brazillian Association for Irish Studies) 10 (2008).
  • "The Case for Emotion: Looking Back at The Great Hunger." New Hibernia Review 12, 4 (2008).
  • "Through a Different Lens: THe Irish Landscape as Seen by Mining Promoters, 1835-1880." Land and Landscape in Nineteenth Century Ireland. ed. Úna Ni Bhroiméil and Glenn Hooper. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008.
  • Badger Boy in Blue: The Civil War Letters of Chauncey H. Cooke. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2007.
  • The Shoemakers of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1850-1880: Family during the Transition from Hand to Machine Labor. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.
  • "The Irish Diaspora: The Larger Context." The Septs 27. no. 2 (April 2006).
  • "From the Emerald Isle to the Copper Island: The Irish in the Michigan Copper Country, 1845-1920." Radharc 5-7 (2004-2006).
  • "'The Merchant Prince' of the Copper Country: One Immigrant's American Success Story." Tipperary Historical Journal 2004.
  • "Completing the Ethnic Mosaic: Irish Miners in the Upper Peninsula." Chronical (The Historical Society of Michigan) 27, no.2 (Summer 2004).
  • "From the Beara to the Keweenaw: the Migration of Irish Miners from Allihies, County Cork to the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA, 1845-1880." Journal of the Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland I (2001)
  • "Michigan in the Great Depression: The Dream Lost, The Dream Relaimed." Michigan Remembered: Photographs from the Farm Services Administration and the Office of War Information. Constance B. Schultz ed. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2001.
  • "Electrionic Resources and the Education of History Professionals." The History Teacher 34 (2001).
  • "History, Heritage, and Economic Development: The American Civil War and Heritage Tourism in Kentucky." Reflections on International Tourism: Tourism and Heritage Relationships: Global, National and Local Perspectives. ed. Mike Robinson. Sunderland, UK: The Centre for Travel and Tourism in association with Business Education Publishers, 2000.
  • "Irish Immigrants in the Early Keweenaw Mines: A Research Note." The Superior Signal 15, no. 2 (May 2000).
  • "Interpretation and Preservation of Civil War Sites: Two Case Studies from West Kentucky." George Wright Society Forum. 15 (1998).
  • "Kentucky African  Americans in the Civil War: A Brief History." Kentucky African Americans in the Civil War: A Defining Moment in the Quest for Freedom. Frankfort: Kentucky Heritage Council, 1997.
  • "A Brave New World; Reflections on American Acceptance and Industrialization." Continuity: A Journal of History 21 (1997). 
  • "In Memory: 'Gaelic Gotham, 1996." New Hibernia Review 1 (1997).
  • "Interview with Russell Kirk." Continuity: A Journal of History, 18 (1994).
  • "The Cliffs Shaft Mine Site." Geo. W Maher Quarterly 2 (April-June 1992).
  • "The Cliffs Shaft Project." Society for Industrial Archeology Newsletter 21 (Summer 1992).
  • "Cripin's Daughters: Women, Work, and Technological Change in the Shoe Industry." Essex Institute Historical Collections 127 (1991).
  • "From Artisan to Proletarian: The Family and the Vocational Training of Shoemakers in Lynn, Massachussetts." Life and Labor: Dimensions of American Working Class History. ed. Charles Stephenson and Robert Asher.  Albany: SUNY Press, 1986.
  • "The Transmission of Skill in the Shoe Industry: From Family to Factory Training in Lynn, Massachusetts, 1800-1920." The Craftsman in Early America. ed. Ian M.G. Quimby. New York: W.W. Norton for the Winterthur Museum, 1984.
    "Mechanization and Work in the American Shoe Industry: The Shoemakers of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1852-1885." Journal of Economic History 41 (1981).
  • "The Corporation Community: Sparrows Point, Maryland." Business and Economic History 9 (1981).
  • "Divorce in Worcester County, Massachusetts, 1863-1880." Journal of Family Issues 1 (1980).
  • "Mapping the Transportation System of the Mid-Atlantic States: A Preliminary Report." Historical Methods 12 (1979) [co-author].

Courses Taught

  • History of Ireland
  • Irish Diaspora
  • Military History of the United States
  • Introduction of Public History
  • History of the United States Constitution
  • American Experience to 1865
  • Development of Historical Thinking
  • Readings in United States History

Research Interests

  • Colonial Amerca;
  • Irish Diaspora;
  • Military History;
  • History of Ireland

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