The Irish Soldiers of Mexico

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The Irish Soldiers of Mexico sold out four editions in English and two editions in Spanish from 1997 to 2001. It has been the basis of an MGM feature film and two documentaries; it has also been used in many history classes both in the United States and abroad. Includes new historical material such as the location of what purported to be a death certificate for John Riley located in a church in Veracruz.

The edition includes updated "After the War" and "Commemorations" sections....

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Overview

The Irish Soldiers of Mexico sold out four editions in English and two editions in Spanish from 1997 to 2001. It has been the basis of an MGM feature film and two documentaries; it has also been used in many history classes both in the United States and abroad. Includes new historical material such as the location of what purported to be a death certificate for John Riley located in a church in Veracruz.

The edition includes updated "After the War" and "Commemorations" sections. Many positive changes in public perception of the San Patricios have taken place since the first publication of this book in 1997. In addition, there have been a number of new vehicles for dissemination of the history, not the least of which was the production of "One Man's Hero," starring Tom Berenger, three novels on the San Patricios, a new sculpture in Mexico City of John Riley donated by the people of Ireland, and the Chieftains new CD with songs commemorating the Irish battalion.

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William Georgiades
This is a fascinating, untold story with which few American students of history are conversant. Not only a compelling and touching narrative of the sacrifice of the Irish in support of the Mexican cause, it is a heart-rending picture of a tragic era in the history of the Northern Hemisphere. It should be required reading for serious American students who aspire to be educated in a multicultural world.
— (William Georgiades, Executive Director, Office of International Education, University of Houston)
Richard Shelton
More than a reevaluation of a little-known secret of one of our dirtiest wars, The Irish Soldiers of Mexico provides a well-written and highly readable portrait of the underside of our developing young democracy in the 1840s, our ethnic and racial prejudices. our greed. and our aggressive expansionism. This book is essential reading, not only for an understanding of the Mexican-American War. but of contemporary relations between Mexico and the United States as well.
— (Richard Shelton, Regents Professor, University of Arizona, Author of Going Back to Bisbee)
Donald Baker
Manifest Destiny and a pervasive Anglo-based American ethnocentricism were powerful impulses prodding mid- 19th century American politics. resulting in the nation's imperialist designs on Mexico and U.S. precipitation of the Mexican-American War. Critics of the war included, among others, two future U.S. presidents. Lincoln and Grant: and within the U.S. Military. there were over 9,000 deserters. Among the latter were Irish Americans. many of whom, for diverse reasons (discrimination against the Irish in the U.S., anti-Catholicism) joined the Mexican military, forming the Saint Patricks Battalion. In this superb study. the author explores the motivations of these Irishmen. their valiant contributions to the Mexican cause, and the consequences for them when captured. including military courts-martial and. In some instances, execution by hanging.
— (Prof. Donald Baker, Director American Studies Program, Southampton College, Author of Race, Ethnicity and Power)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781463502454
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/25/2011
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 730,845
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    Best unbiased history of the period

    I have read several books on the Mexican War, and an earlier work on the participation of the Irish battalion in that conflict. However, this is the first which clearly shows the temper of the times: U.S. expansionism, the Irish Famine, the anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant furor of the 1840's. It is a wonderful book and we've decided to adopt it at our school as a supplemental text. It is accessible, clearly written, with good photos, cartoons and maps of the period.

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