Packed house for paperback launch

crophoganasfgsep20retouch_nWhen 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:

http://www.theguadalajarareporter.com/index.php/featured/48844-students-shine-at-lincoln-book-launch

Blurbs, blurbs, and more blurbs

lookinsideCRITICAL 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.

USA paperback now available

warwicksdeco_logo_0Honk if you love bookstores! Many of them across the USA are starting to feature Abraham Lincoln and Mexico that became available September 12 after the pre-order period that began August 20.

One of our favorite indie bookstores featuring the book is Warwick’s in La Jolla, the oldest family-owned bookstore in the USA. It’s just up the I-5 from San Diego, home of the USA small press publisher EgretBooks.com. Here’s the link: http://www.warwicks.com/book/9780985774493

University bookstores are also offering the book, including the Harvard Book Store. Just in case you’re not in Cambridge, you can order it online by clicking here: http://shop.harvard.com/book/9780985774493

Other bookstores from sea to shining sea offer the book for sale, either online or on the shelves. One is Politics and Prose in Washington, DC, a favorite gathering spot for movers and shakers in the nation’s capital. Here’s the link: http://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780985774493

If you’re in Illinois, the “land of Lincoln,” stop in at Hudson’s Booksellers in Chicago’s famous Loop, or order the book online http://www.hudsonbooksellers.com/book/9780985774493.

In the Pacific Northwest, you can find the book at legendary Powell’s City of Books: http://www.powells.com/book/abraham-lincoln-and-mexico-9780985774493/61-0

And it’s also available starting September 12 from Barnes and Noble online and at their bookstores nationwide: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abraham-lincoln-and-mexico-michael-hogan/1124217184?ean=9780985774493

Enjoy!

Praise from USA university educators and historians

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Educators and historians are praising Abraham Lincoln and Mexico by author Michael Hogan for the depth of its research and its relevance to discussions of relationships between the USA and Mexico. 

“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. His book is a powerful indictment of and a necessary corrective to the frequently heard simplistic and self-serving nationalist claims of American exceptionalism. It is also a spirited defense against and rebuttal of simplistic thinking  about Abraham 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.

“While Abraham Lincoln and Mexico undoubtedly privileges the U.S. context, it nevertheless 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.

 

Award for eBook Version

BFDAThe eBook version of Abraham Lincoln and Mexico has received a prestigious silver Benjamin Franklin Digital Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association of America. IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the USA, with more than 3,000 members in the USA and abroad. Congratulations to author Michael Hogan. Here’s part of the award announcement:

The well-researched content is enhanced by eBook programming that includes active hyperlinks to external reference sources, putting a library of archival material in the hands of readers. As such, this outstanding book is a welcome addition to continuing discussion about the roles of the United States and Mexico during two of the most controversial and complex periods in American history, and how decisions made then continue to permeate the daily lives of citizens and residents of both countries.”

The judges’ comments and scorecard also cited several specific reasons for the award, including:

1. “It is refreshing to read a well-edited book that uses relevant citations.”

2. “The approach to the topic is creative and original.”

3. TITLE: How well does the title (and subtitle) define the asset? “Extremely Well”

4. CONTENT: How well does the asset’s content follow generally accepted principles of good writing for the genre? “Extremely Well”

5. MECHANICS: How mechanically correct is the asset’s content with regard to grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. “Extremely Well”

You can click here to see the full award announcement on the Winners Circle page of the IPBA website.

Mexican readers respond to Lincoln book as Trump visits Mexico

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http://www.milenio.com/…/…/correos-publico_18_781901856.html

Vale la pena leer este artículo especialmente ahorita con todas las noticias de Trump en México. El artículo habla del libro “Abraham Lincoln and Mexico” y de las similitudes con lo que está pasando ahorita entre México y EUA.

“La importancia de tomar esta obra en estos tiempos radica en que volvemos a un contexto de hostilidad, xenofobia por parte de un sector de la población de EU justo en su proceso electoral”
-Germán Cardona

Why does Mexico have statues of Abraham Lincoln?

En México tenemos un monumento del presidente Norteamericano Abraham Lincoln, en Tijuana, por qué?, aquí la respuesta. (In Mexico we have a monument of the North American president Abraham Lincoln, in Tijuana, why? Here is the answer.)

Actually, statues of Lincoln are found in parks throughout Mexico–particularly in major cities such as Tijuana, Juarez, Guadalajara, and Mexico City –and many schools are named after him. The reason he is honored in Mexico as perhaps the most respected US president is that he opposed the Mexican-American War as a Congressman, and supported Mexico’s fight against European occupation forces in the 1860s as President. And in the United States, statues of Mexican president Benito Juarez are in some cities, including San Diego. The two presidents shared a mutual goal of making Mexico and the USA  good neighbors.

The book Abraham Lincoln and Mexico examines his legacy and identifies many of the sites honoring Lincoln throughout the country.