Lincoln Book Nominated for Prestigious Prize

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Congratulations to historian and educator Michael Hogan, whose book about Abraham Lincoln’s support for Mexico has been nominated for a prestigious prize in the United States. Here’s the relevant part of the letter received by Dr. Hogan’s publisher just before Christmas:

“The School of Public Affairs and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University are pleased to inform you that the book Abraham Lincoln and Mexico: A History of Courage, Intrigue and Unlikely Friendships by Michael Hogan (2016) has been nominated for the 2016 William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on U.S.-Latin American relations.”

This prize is awarded annually to the author or editor of a book published in Spanish, English or Portuguese during the preceding two years. You can click here to learn more about the prize and the distinguished scholar for which it is named.

The Lincoln and Mexico Project (LAMP) is based on Dr. Hogan’s book, which Amazon ranks as one of the most relevant books about Abraham Lincoln biography and history. The project has the following goals:

  1. To promote better relations between the United States and Mexico.
  2. To help integrate the story of Abraham Lincoln and Mexico into high school and university curricula around the world.
  3. To bring the history of Abraham Lincoln and Mexico to a general audience.
  4. To show how national histories have international implications that are often ignored.
  5. To disseminate the international contributions of Abraham Lincoln to a global audience.

We try to post updates about project activities and events on our blog about once a week, and hope you’ll sign up to follow us. You can also follow the book on Facebook.

What Would Lincoln Do?

 

On December 19, 2016, the Electoral College formalized the election of a new U.S. President, giving the Republican Party control of the Presidency and the Congress. With many questions swirling about partisan party positions on several issues, it’s a good time for Republican officeholders to seek guidance from the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln.
 
One primary issue that begs for consulting the actions of Lincoln is relationships with Mexico. The intertwined issue of immigration policies toward Mexicans living in the USA is another.
 
Fortunately, a timely new history titled Abraham Lincoln and Mexico offers guidance to Republicans now entrusted with control of two branches of the U.S. government. It uses archival documents to examine Lincoln’s support for Mexico both as a Congressman and as President, and also offers guidance about the risks and consequences of invading foreign countries. It’s researched and written by historian/ educator Michael Hogan, an active member of three international historical associations and author of twenty-four published books.
 
Hogan’s book forms the basis for the Lincoln and Mexico Project (LAMP), which is designed to inform educators, students, and the general public about the history of relationships between Lincoln and Mexico. The primary goal of LAMP is to promote better relations between the USA and Mexico.
 
To further this goal, the project wants to make this award-winning book available to all members of the incoming Congress, regardless of political party. If you would like to help, please consider sending a copy of the book to your U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative. You can locate their office contact information at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members. And if you send a copy, submit a comment to our blog so we can recognize you for your help.
 
“This is a book that is long overdue and one that treats Lincoln as an international figure, not merely an American one,” notes Hogan. “It begins with his impassioned speech as a young Congressman objecting to the U.S. invasion of Mexico in 1846 and the false information provided by President Polk at the time to convince Congress to declare a war (‘American blood has been shed on American soil!’).  The book documents how Lincoln was lambasted in the press, had his political fortunes reversed, and yet, in letters to his law partner, assures him that he would do it again despite the consequences.

“Lincoln’s affinity for Mexico and its people continues after he becomes president, in his cabinet choices and in day-to-day executive decisions,” continues Hogan. “Although engaged in a bloody Civil War, he still makes time to meet with twenty-four-year-old Matías Romero, the Mexican consul, to assure him of his support for the Liberal government. Then, when Maximilian and the French invade and take over the country, Lincoln continues to meet with the now-uncredentialled ‘ambassador’ to provide moral support, and ultimately, with the help of Generals Grant and Sheridan, a path to financial and military aid.
 
“How American volunteers discharged at the end of the Civil War—including black soldiers—went to Mexico and helped defeat the French is a story little known,” concludes Hogan. “Lincoln’s legacy in this final chapter to the end of European occupation of the Americas is a revelation this book documents from Mexican records and Romero’s diaries.”
 
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Idaho Loves Lincoln

Idaho former Lt. Gov. David H. Leroy with original Lincoln court brief, Lincoln statue in Boise park, signage for Lincoln exhibit at Idaho State Archives.

Abraham Lincoln is revered coast to coast in the USA, especially by historians and politicians who look to his life for guidance. Because of this, historian/ educator Michael Hogan has been invited to Boise, Idaho, in 2017 to present his book Abraham Lincoln and Mexico, which forms the basis of the Lincoln and Mexico Project (LAMP).

The invitation comes from former Lt. Gov. David H. Leroy, who has launched the Idaho Lincoln Initiative (ILI) to further Lincoln’s fundamental principles. You can learn more about it at http://looktolincoln.org/. Both ILI and LAMP share a common goal of informing and educating people about Lincoln’s legacy and accomplishments, although the LAMP focuses on international relations with Mexico.

Leroy, who also served as Idaho Attorney General, is the author of Mr. Lincoln’s Book, an authoritative examination of Lincoln’s writings about the Lincoln-Douglas debates. At the Idaho State Archives, he has donated more than 200 personal Lincoln artifacts to create the Abraham Lincoln Exhibit.

Lincoln’s statue near the Capitol building in Boise honors his signing the act creating the Idaho Territory in 1863. Another Lincoln statue looms large in a nearby park honoring one of Boise’s founding families.

We’ll keep you updated as the Idaho event takes shape. Meanwhile, please post a comment to let us know if you or someone else in your city might be interested in hosting an event to help spread the word about Lincoln’s legacy.

Lincoln Helped Mexico Defeat the French

Archduke Maximilian of Austria (l) was installed by Napoleon III as Emperor of Mexico, before the Lincoln administration helped Benito Juárez (r) defeat French forces.
Some major news media publications in the USA are beginning to focus on Abraham Lincoln’s support during the 1860s to help Mexico end French occupation. For the most part, it’s a story missing from US History textbooks and many biography/ history books about Lincoln.
 
Lincoln’s legacy in helping Mexico defeat the French forces is told in detail in the new book Abraham Lincoln and Mexico by historian/ educator Michael Hogan, who uses archival documents to reveal little-known facts. The details are part of what makes Hogan’s book so valuable as supplemental classroom material for educators and students. And Lincoln’s support for Mexico also shows his abilities as an international statesman even while he was occupied with the Civil War.
 
The latest news media attention is from The New York Times, in an November 22 opinion piece by history professor Patrick J. Kelly.
 
“The Civil War wasn’t the only conflict on Lincoln’s mind. Engaged in a desperate struggle for union, the administration had been unable to halt Emperor Napoleon III’s deployment of French troops to Mexico in early 1862,” Kelly writes. “The French leader invaded Mexico as part of his ‘Grand Scheme’ to replace the democratically elected government of Benito Juárez with a European monarch, the Archduke Maximilian of Austria.
 
“Napoleon III refused to recognize the Confederacy, but he was grateful for its acquiescence to his Mexican scheme,” Kelly’s piece continues. “In 1863 he personally approved of the transshipment of 20,000 Enfield rifles and other munitions across the border from Mexico into Texas.”
 
With the French aiding Confederate Forces, and Confederate leaders seeking to ally with the French occupation, Lincoln and his administration – especially his Civil War generals Grant and Sheridan – began helping Mexico. The rest is history, some of it coming to light only recently in Hogan’s book.
 
One aspect of the support for Mexico included in Hogan’s book, but missing from the NY Times piece, deals with the valor of US troops who went to Mexico and fought alongside Mexican troops. As many as 3,000 members of the American Legion of Honor, commissioned by President Juárez, and many black veterans of the Civil War fought alongside Mexican troops. There is a gravesite in Mexico City for many who died, and statues of Lincoln are in parks across Mexico.
 
After victory over the French, the Mexican President honored the US troops for their valor. “…for Mexicans to fight for Mexico was natural; but for foreigners who had no other ties except the love of liberty and a desire to assist a brave people who were struggling against fearful odds, to make every sacrifice and to suffer every privation for the republic, was a spirt so noble it could not be put into language,” Juárez said in honoring the US troops, as noted in Hogan’s book.
 
It’s all in Hogan’s book, which is available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and independent bookstores across the USA.