When people shed tears while you’re discussing your book, you know you are connecting with readers. That’s what happened at the September 20, 2016, official launch of the paperback version of Abraham Lincoln and Mexico by historian and educator Michael Hogan. More than 100 dignitaries and guests packed the library at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara, where Dr. Hogan’s students inspired the book during the 2012-2013 academic year with their hunger for more information about Lincoln’s support for Mexico as a first-term Congressman and as President.
A major value of the book is it’s use as supplemental classroom material for the four-million 11th grade high school students across the USA who are required to take US History every year, and the 400,000 students around the world who take Advanced Placement US History each year. Because it contains archival documents in the appendix, the book is like having a reference library right in the hands of teachers and students. But it also appeals to Lincoln aficionados around the world, many of whom may be unaware of Lincoln’s steadfast support for Mexico.
The book documents the true story of why the United States declared war on Mexico in 1846, how President Polk lied to Congress to obtain the declaration of war, how US troops raped and pillaged their way across Mexico to capture the capital city, slaughtered innocent civilians, and destroyed churches and graveyards. And how first-term Congressman Abraham Lincoln challenged the war and was vilified for his opposition to it, and as President helped Mexico defeat the French.
One guest said that she had been to twenty book openings in her life, this was the most emotional one she ever witnessed, and she said several of the other 100+ guests were in tears. Other guests bought extra copies for family and friends, including one Vietnam veteran who planned to send copies to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
The book is available from Amazon http://amzn.to/1qGubOw and Barnes&Noble, and at independent bookstores. If it’s not yet on your bookstore shelf, ask them to order a copy for you via the Ingram distribution catalog, ISBN 978-0985774493.
Here’s a link to the story in The Guadalajara Reporter about the book launch: