CRITICAL PRAISE FOR ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND MEXICO
“The insights presented in this volume on Lincoln’s relationship with Mexico are new and refreshing. Hogan’s re-examination of the unjust invasion and its aftermath is an important contribution to our mutual histories. This book a must-read for any student of US-Mexico relations.” Jay Lacroix, Harvard Law School.
“Michael Hogan’s important new study of US expansionist policy in the mid-nineteenth century provides an illuminating and unvarnished account of United States imperialist ambitions vis-à-vis Mexico. It is also a spirited defense against and rebuttal of simplistic thinking about Abraham’s Lincoln’s ideas about slavery, Mexico, and American hegemony. Hogan sets the record straight on these and other controversial historical matters, and in his generous and open-minded approach to historiography, offers a positive way forward in considering Mexican-American relations.” Robert DiYanni, Professor, Center for the Advancement of Teaching. New York University.
“In this shining contribution to the literature on Abraham Lincoln and that of the US-Mexican War, Michael Hogan illuminates the stance of a young politician against that terrible war, telling a story that is both urgently necessary and well more than a century overdue.” C.M. Mayo, author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire.
“Michael Hogan, in Abraham Lincoln and Mexico, brings together a passion for Mexico and an understanding of the United States during the nineteenth century so that he narrates their history with a sense of the intertwining of international relevance with an engrossing story. Here Abraham Lincoln becomes a human being of keen ideas and political know-how rather than the marble statute of his monument. There is a scope about this book that finds a kind of grandeur in the events as they are eloquently described.” William H. Beezley, Professor of History, University of Arizona. Author of The Essential Mexico (Oxford University Press).
“The story of Lincoln’s evolving defense of Mexico’s autonomy and rights as a sovereign nation is an excellent forum for understanding related topics including the limitations of presidential power, the interpretation of the power to wage war, and the limits of the use of a pre-emptive attack on another country. This thoughtful, well-balanced presentation of primary document resources illuminates Lincoln’s rising stature as a voice of protest against the crimes of war and the unjustifiable invasion of another republic. Like his earlier work, The Irish Soldiers of Mexico, Michael Hogan’s Lincoln narrative will soon become a primary resource for scholars and teachers interested in the politics of civil war, territorial expansion, and human slavery.” Victoria M. Breting-Garcia, Independent scholar/historian.
“While Abraham Lincoln and Mexico undoubtedly adds to the vital pedagogical mission of challenging triumphalist narratives of U.S. identity with more critical renderings of the past. Building on one of his previous books, The Irish Soldiers of Mexico (1997), and based on decades of experience teaching U.S. history in Guadalajara, Hogan reiterates what Mexicans have been voicing since 1848: the war with the United States was clearly a war of northern aggression.” Carlos R. Hernández, Department of History, Yale University.
“Abraham Lincoln and Mexico is a great read. As an AP teacher, I believe that books like these are worth their weight in gold. Michael Hogan has not only broken ground on undiscovered sources covering Lincoln’s relationship with Mexico, but has also generously annexed the sources in their entirety. It is a god-send for history teachers who are constantly looking for new material and ways to challenge their students’ analytical skills.” Liam O’Hara, Chair, Department of History and Social Studies, American School Foundation of Guadalajara, A.C.
“Dr. Hogan has done it again, finding a grand tale lost in the shadows of history. His meticulous research brings to light a period of Lincoln’s life often ignored by other biographers.” Christopher Minster, Ph.D., Founder and Editor of About.com’s Latin American History site.
“The research that went into Abraham Lincoln and Mexico is excellent. Dr. Hogan has backed up his thesis with solid facts I also like the way in which he dealt with so many “minor” characters and factors in describing the complex relations between the US, Mexico, and foreign powers, instead of concentrating only on the principle actors and events. It gives a more complete and realistic picture of the whole era, although the wealth of detail might prove a little over-whelming for some general readers. I think this is a very important book which deserves a wide circulation. I am in complete agreement with Michael Hogan’s research methods to back up everything as far as possible with the earliest most authentic source materials and, if possible, “set the record straight.” Michael Hogan has done this to perfection.” Ronald Barnett, Ph.D. former Professor of Classics, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara.
“Abraham Lincoln and Mexico brings to light that which for too long has hidden in the shadows: the interest, integrity, and involvement of our sixteenth President in the struggles and victories of our southern neighbor. Through the extensive use of primary documents Hogan reveals the insight and intelligence with which Lincoln and his closest associates approached Mexico. He brings to light little known roles played by actors such as Matias Romero, Charge d’Affaires of Juárez to Washington DC, Philip Sheridan, Lew Wallace, and Ulysses Grant of Civil War fame, or the unknown buffalo soldier who fought with and for the republican army of Mexico against the imperial armies of France, Austria and Belgium.It is a story full of complicated motivations and characters. It is a tale well told.” Philip Stover, former Deputy Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District, and author of Religion and Revolution in Mexico’s North.
“These neglected connections between Lincoln and Mexico provide valuable insights into U.S.-Mexico relations and international history. This is an important book which is far-reaching in its contemporary implications. It should be a resource in every high school and college classroom.” Victor Gonzalez Pérez, Facultad de Estudios Sociales, Colegio Americano, Guadalajara.
“Abraham Lincoln and Mexico serves as a reminder that historical milestones are not always the result of a neat sum of prescient decisions and linear chain of events. Michael Hogan’s Lincoln is the nodal point in a new perspective of a history obscured by time and cultural hegemony. This book is as much about the American leader’s moral objections to the war against Mexico and slavery, as it is about his hesitations, his political evolution and the people that surrounded him. Unlike other accounts of the Mexican-American War which have robbed Mexicans, former slaves and immigrant soldiers of their complexity, Hogan reminds us that they were not only passive victims of injustice, but also men and women who rose up against it and fought. Most importantly, this text displays Hogan’s gift as a professor and as a writer: his ability to analyze specific events in order to contextualize broader cultural and political trends of the past and the present. This book made me very uncomfortable at times (in a good way). I hope that it will help students confront the U.S. historical abuses and temper the negative effects of blind patriotism.” A.S. Carbonell, Tel Aviv University.