Irish Soldiers of Mexico

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The legacy of the San Patricios and the War of 1846-48. It is clear that the events of the War of 1846-48, called by the Mexican historian Gasto`n, Garci`a Cantu` Las envasiones norteamericanas en Me`xico, are far more interesting and far richer than earlier writers on both sides have acknowledged. Far more is gained than lost, ultimately, in a closer examination of history, in considering all the possible influences, in tracing and documenting clearly all the threads of the intricate trapestry, and not ...

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The legacy of the San Patricios and the War of 1846-48. It is clear that the events of the War of 1846-48, called by the Mexican historian Gasto`n, Garci`a Cantu` Las envasiones norteamericanas en Me`xico, are far more interesting and far richer than earlier writers on both sides have acknowledged. Far more is gained than lost, ultimately, in a closer examination of history, in considering all the possible influences, in tracing and documenting clearly all the threads of the intricate trapestry, and not withholding facts because they are embarrassing or shameful, or would expose either nation in an unfavorable light. U.S. history books, especially those in the secondary schools, should tell the whole story of the War with Mexico and in doing so replace the prejudice, which is still rampant in California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, with compassion and understanding for the next generation.

About the Author:

Michael Hogan was born in Newport, Rhode Island, of Irish parentage. His poetry has appeared in numerous periodicals including The Paris Review, The Iowa Review, The Harvard Review, and the American Poetry Review and in many anthologies: among them Sound and Sense (Harcourt Brace, 1996) and An Introduction to Literature (Little, Brown, 1987).

His many awards include fellowships from the Alden Dow Creativity Fellowship, the Colorado Humanities Fellowship, the Grace Stoddard Literary Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Hogan has worked with Poets In The Schools programs in Arizona, California, Utah, Montana and New Mexico, and has been a consultant on various National Endowment for the Arts programs.

For the past ten years Hogan has headed the English Department at the American School of Guadalajara, and has served as faculty advisor to the school's internationally recognized literary magazine, Sin Fronteras.

Hogan lives in Colonia Providencia, Guadalajara, with the textile artist Lucinda Mayo and their dog, Molly Malone.

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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: 9789687846002
  • Publisher: Fondo Editorial Universitario
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 268

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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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