Abraham Lincoln and Mexico: A History of Courage, Intrigue and Unlikely Friendships

Abraham Lincoln and Mexico: A History of Courage, Intrigue and Unlikely Friendships

by Michael Hogan


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This book by a noted Ph.D. historian is one of the best books available about historical relations between the United States and Mexico. It shines new light on reasons for the US invasion of Mexico in 1846, opposition by Abraham Lincoln and other politicians to the unjustified and unconstitutional decision by President Polk to go to war, the importance of the ensuing war against Mexico, the resulting territorial seizures by the United States, the impact both nationally and internationally to both countries, the troubling legacy even today, and the result of silences that have been pervasive over the years regarding this conflict. It examines all aspects of this history based on actual documents in government, university, and private institutions in both the US and Mexico, including citations to these documents and the complete text for many of them in the Appendix.

The book covers more than two decades of US history, from 1846 to the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, including Lincoln's role in helping Mexico defeat French occupation forces in the 1860s. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996955478
Publisher: Henselstone Verlag LLC
Publication date: 08/20/2016
Pages: 362
Sales rank: 400,682
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Michael Hogan is the author of twenty-four books, including the best-selling The Irish Soldiers of Mexico and the controversial Savage Capitalism and the Myth of Democracy. He is Emeritus Humanities Chair at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara, and a former professor of International Relations at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. He is a member of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Sociedad de Geografía y Estadísticas de Jalisco

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface Chapter One: Mexico Before the Conflict Chapter Two: Texas Statehood and General Taylor's Army Chapter Three: The Thornton Affair and Mr. Polk's War Chapter Four: The Loyal Opposition Argues Against War with Mexico Chapter Five: Abraham Lincoln and the Spot Resolutions Chapter Six: Lincoln Writes to Herndon Chapter Seven: Consummate Politician or Courageous Statesman? Chapter Eight: Pilloried in the Press for Pro-Mexican Views Chapter Nine: The Mexican Republic Much Reduced Chapter Ten: The United States Inherits the Whirlwind Chapter Eleven: Lincoln and the Beginnings of Civil War Chapter Twelve: Friends of Mexico, Friends of Lincoln Chapter Thirteen: The French Empire in Mexico Chapter Fourteen: Four for Freedom: Grant and Sherman, Romero and Juárez. Chapter Fifteen: US Colored Troops and American Legion of Honor Chapter Sixteen: Imperialist Forces Falter Chapter Seventeen: The March to Mexico City Chapter Eighteen: Lincoln's Legacy, Mexico's Pride Appendix: A Selection of Original Documents in Their Complete, Unedited Format Bibliography List of Photos and Maps Author Biography Other Books by the Author Acknowledgements Epilogue Index

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