Classes over. Planning begins!


Photos credits: Quote from educational psychologist Lee S. Shulman; book cover from historian/ educator Michael Hogan

Are you an educator looking for ways to add value to classroom discussions in the Social Studies curriculum for the coming academic year?

The Lincoln and Mexico Project (LAMP) offers the book Abraham Lincoln and Mexico and free lesson plans to help educators examine Lincoln’s legacy of support for Mexico as congressman and president, especially his opposition to the Mexican-American War. It’s also a great way to help stimulate classroom discussion of past, current, and future relations between the USA and Mexico.

Most importantly, the book contains many archival documents—some of which have never been published before. Historian and educator Michael Hogan scoured libraries and government archives in the USA and Mexico to give students a greater understanding of Lincoln as an international statesman, not just an iconic American figure.

Now, his book is in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and many college and university libraries. And many educators are considering the book as supplemental classroom material. Teachers are eagerly adopting Dr. Hogan’s book and the LAMP materials because its 137-page appendix is like holding a reference library with:

  • Archival maps showing the official 1821 border between Mexico and the USA, and a map of disputed territory after Texas was admitted to the union in December 1845
  • All four of Polk’s messages to Congress about the war, including original drafts from 1846 that state his resentment because Mexico refused his efforts to buy California for $25 million
  • Examinations of battlefield journals from soldiers, which reveal personal objections by Ulysses S. Grant to the war
  • Analysis of Lincoln’s “Spot Resolutions” in Congress challenging Polk’s claim that Mexico “has invaded our territory and has shed American blood on the American soil”
  • The complete 1848 treaty that ended the war and gave two-fifths of Mexico to the USA
  • Discussions of how—after Mexico signed the treaty—the US Senate deleted a key provision offering citizenship to Mexicans living in the conquered territory, and struck another provision guaranteeing their property rights

If you would like to look at the book for possible use in your classroom with no obligation, just send a request to and we’ll send the .pdf printer’s proof to you along with the lesson plans. More than 100 high schools, colleges, and universities already have the materials, as you can see on the LAMP blog at

We look forward to your request.