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Carroll, Francis M(artin) 1938-

CARROLL, Francis M(artin) 1938-


Born January 31, 1938, in the United States; son of Martin F. (in sales) and Virginia C. (Johnson) Carroll; married Janet Foster, August 24, 1963; children: Charles Murray Howard. Education: Carleton College, B.A., 1960; University of Minnesota, M.A., 1962; Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Ph.D., 1969. Hobbies and other interests: Sailing.


Home—601 Wardlaw Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3L 0M3. Office—St. John's College, University of Manitoba, 92 Dysart Rd., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2M5. E-mail—[email protected].


South Dakota State University, faculty member, 1962-64; Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI, faculty member, 1967-68; University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, member of history faculty, 1969-98, senior scholar, 1999—, professor emeritus, 2002—. Dean of studies at St. John's College, 1976-78, acting warden, 1985-86, chair of assembly, 1989-90. Columbia University, visiting scholar in international law, 1980; National University of Ireland, University College, Dublin, Ireland, Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History, 1984-85; South Dakota State University, F. O. Butler Lecturer, 1988; University of Nottingham, guest lecturer, 1994; University of London, John Adams fellow at Institute of United States Studies, 1994-95; University of St. Thomas, visiting Irish historian, 2000.


Canadian Association for Irish Studies, American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, American Conference of Irish Historians, Forest History Society, Minnesota Historical Society.


Bicentennial fellow of British Council, Department of Education for Northern Ireland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, and Office of the American Consulate General, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1998; honorary visiting fellow at Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1998; John Wesley Dafoe Book Prize, 2001, for A Good and Wise Measure: The Search for the Canadian-American Boundary, 1783-1842.


American Opinion and the Irish Question, 1910-23, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1978.

(Editor) The American Commission on Irish Independence, 1919: The Diary, Correspondence, and Report, Irish Manuscripts Commission (Dublin, Ireland), 1985.

Crossroads in Time: A History of Carlton County, Minnesota, Carlton County Historical Society (Cloquet, MN), 1988.

(With Franklin R. Raiter) The Fires of Autumn: The Cloquet-Moose Lake Disaster of 1918, Minnesota Historical Society Press (St. Paul, MN), 1990.

(With Marlene Wisuri) Reflections of Our Past: A Pictorial History of Carlton County, Donning Co. (Virginia Beach, VA), 1997.

A Good and Wise Measure: The Search for the Canadian-American Boundary, 1783-1842, University of Toronto Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2001.

Money for Ireland: Finance, Diplomacy, Politics, and the First Dáil Éireann Loans, 1919-1936, Praeger Publishers (Westport, CT), 2002.

Contributor to books, including The DeVal-Erá in Ireland, edited by Sidney Poger, Northeastern University (Boston, MA), 1984; Irish Studies: The Irish in America Volume 4, edited by J. P. Drudy, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1984; and James Joyce and His Contemporaries, edited by Diana A. Ben-Merre and Maureen Murphy, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1989. Contributor of articles and reviews to academic journals, including New England Quarterly, Prologue, Eire-Ireland, International History Review, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Journal of Forest History, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, and Minnesota History.


Bridges across the Atlantic: The United States Consulate General and the American Presence in Ulster, 1796 to 1996.


Francis M. Carroll told CA: "I am fortunate to have been able to enjoy a career as a historian. Both teaching and research have enabled me to pursue many topics and issues that struck me as being of interest and importance. Much of my writing, both past and current, has grown out of my studies and research in Ireland and England. I wanted to understand the process through which Ireland became a self-governing and independent nation, and particularly the role of Great Britain and the United States on that process. My teaching at the University of Manitoba led me to consider a similar triangular relationship between Canada, the United States, and Great Britain, leading to my work on the Canadian-American boundary. I also began to develop an interest in the history of the region in which I had grown up—northern Minnesota—and the realization that northern Minnesota had also played a significant role in Canadian-American relations and even Irish migration to the upper Midwest.

"In writing history I have been drawn to topics that have not been extensively studied by other historians, or at least have not been examined in recent years. I find a particular pleasure in attempting to explain a topic on which no one else has written. I also enjoy archival and manuscript research. There is a sense of immediacy in working with the original historical documents, and there is also something of the element of the thrill of the hunt. Converting the notes to a narrative is always laborious, but reshaping the material through revising the drafts provides its own satisfaction. I have found writing and research to be a great help in my teaching, and publishing to be a way in which to maintain a place within the historical profession and also to reach out to the reading public."

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