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Abraham Lincoln and Mexico: A history of courage, intrigue and unlikely friendships Reviewed by Rita Pomade

Cover image of Dr. Michael Hogan's Abraham Lincoln and Mexico.
The United States and Mexico struggled through volatile years of suffering and carnage to become unified nations. Michael Hogan’s thoroughly researched and passionately written "Abraham Lincoln and Mexico" is a thought-provoking read that covers part of that struggle from 1822, when Americans settlers first arrived on Mexican territory, to 1867, when Mexico finally freed itself from France’s intrusion into its territory. The nineteenth century was a turbulent period in American and Mexican history. read more

Mexico miracle: Anabel Hernandez Marvin West

Investigative journalist Anabel Hernandez Garcia
© Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2009
Anabel is a journalist known for intensive investigations. She has written newspaper and magazine articles about slave labor, sexual exploitation, political corruption and the drug machine. She has written one really hot book, Los Señores del Narco.

Anabel won the Golden Pen of Freedom Award for 2012, presented by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. read more

The Zuno house in Guadalajara, Mexico is doubly 'historic' Ed Fesler

The venerable old Zuno residence is a historic house in its own right but was designed to teach Mexican history. So it's doubly "historic." It stands at Avenida Union and J. Guadalupe Zuno and was built in the early 1920s. The house was designed for and by artist-politician Jose Guadalupe Zuno, whose paintings are still hung in museums. He was assisted with designs and suggestions from three old pals, all prominent artists, David Siqueiros, muralist, Gerardo Murillo ("Dr. Atl"), said by many to be the father of modern Mexican art, and Amado de la Cueva. read more

Child heroes and Mexico myths Marvin West

Mexico has many myths but this was a wonderful truth, six military academy cadets, in defiance of Gen. Nicholas Bravo's order to retreat, choosing to fight to the finish. They were lieutenant Juan de la Barrera, 20, Agustin Melgar, Vicente Suarez, Francisco Marquez, Fernando Montes de Oca and Juan Escutia. One by one they were struck down. read more

A cold winter for a young man from Mexico Jenny McGill

New Year's Day, 1910 was colder than ever.

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San Francisco Ixtacamaxtitlan: The conquistadors in Mexico Charles E. Moritzky

Prospective: Dateline-San Francisco Ixtacamaxtitlan September 29, l998   Part I In February 1519 Hernan Cortez and his small army of adventurers set sail from Cuba on one of the... read more

Jim Tuck's homepage, biography and published works Jim Tuck

Editor's Note: Jim Tuck died in 2005. Jim approached his Mexico with a particular love of history that was strongly coloured by his political and social beliefs. His articles on the various periods of... read more

Baja California - The Wedding Charles E. Moritzky

I rented a small house in La Gloria, in the hills between Rosarito Beach and Tijuana. It was a cozy place. I had painted inside and out and landscaped the yard. A willow tree shaded the back patio and ... read more

My Place Under the Sun - Part 1 Charles E. Moritzky

My Place Under the Sun - Part I Marta Graciela Sanchez Rivera de Moritzky (Chela) She weighs less than 100 pounds and doesn't even come up to my shoulders. She has a nice personality a... read more

South of Yesterday: A True Story by Virginia Downs Miller Reviewed by Allan Cogan

"South of Yesterday" is the story of my mother's life as a bride coming to a strange land. The book flows through the charmed life of an American living in Guadalajara in the early nineteen hundreds, into the violence of the Revolution, escape from and return to a much-beloved Mexico. I related never before publicized events of history." read more

South from Puebla, Mexico Charles E. Moritzky

From Cholula we are in the city of Puebla in a matter of minutes. Though Puebla is a city of maybe 1.5 million people, it is not a city of tall buildings of steel and glass. The old part of town surrou... read more

Cholula: Traveling the Central High Plains of Mexico Charles E. Moritzky

On a huge hill, covered with weeds, small trees and debris, was built a church overlooking the city, the Sanctuary de los Remedies. It is a beautiful site, with the towered church silhouetted against t... read more

Tlaxcala State: Traveling the Central High Plains of Mexico Charles E. Moritzky

I have been receiving a number of letters from people who have an interest in pre-Columbian Mexico and therefore this article will be mostly about my explorations in the vicinity of Tlaxco. Tlaxco is a... read more

Tlaxcala City: Traveling the Central High Plains of Mexico Charles E. Moritzky

The Plaza de la Constitution is the main plaza or zocalo. Its grounds are well landscaped with large old shade trees, flowers, park benches, decorative green cast lampposts and several fountains. In th... read more

Life and death ritual: La corrida de toros Charles E. Moritzky

I have never been an ‘ aficionado’ or ardent fan of bullfighting, but during the summer of ’57 I went to the bullfights regularly while spending the summer in Mexico City as a student. It l... read more

The summer of '57 in Mexico City Charles E. Moritzky

We had come down on a chartered bus from LSU with our professor to study Spanish. A classroom had been rented and arrangements made for us to stay in private homes. Classes were held in the morning and... read more

La Bruja: Mexican witchcraft Charles E. Moritzky

As you may know, there are Brujas Blanca's (white witches) and Brujas Negra's (black witches). The white witches do good and the black witches cast spells for which mean or envious people... read more

Temexla, Puebla: Perspectives from rural Mexico Charles E. Moritzky

The square five-gallon can with a slow burning fire inside generated enough heat to warm the tortillas and beans. Small containers of salsa, chilis and whatever sat on the ground. The half dozen or so ... read more

The Maya Civilization: Historical Conflict with the Spaniards Luis Dumois

The Maya Civilization Historical Conflict Part 2   (To Part 1) "Just because of the crazy times, because of the crazy priests, is it that sadness overtook us, that 'Christianity' o... read more

La Civilización Maya: Conflicto Histórico, Parte 2 Luis Dumois

El libro del Chilam Balam de Chumayel es el más importante de los códices o manuscritos propiamente mayas que hasta hoy se conocen. Este libro recoge tradiciones orales de la historia maya; parte de ... read more

San Francisco, Ixtacamaxtitlan: Padre Julio Flores Charles E. Moritzky

Following a policy of keeping the boys and the girls seperated, Martita and Vidal seldom saw each other at school. It must have been some comfort just knowing that the other was close by. Marta's dormi... read more

The cow killers: Memories of Michoacan in 1948 John Howells

Luis Dumois' article about Volcán Paricutín released a few vivid memories of my teenage years in Mexico. In 1948 I was incredibly lucky to visit the volcano of Paricutín in its full and frighte... read more

Hacienda San Juan de Tlaxco, Tlaxcala: The people Charles E. Moritzky

Perspective: Dateline - Tlaxco, Tlaxcala, Mexico August 3, 1998 COLONIA SAN JUAN The Hacienda San Juan de Tlaxco Night-shadows play over the weathered stone markers in the small aban... read more

La Ceiba, Puebla: Efrain, artist curandero and friend Charles E. Moritzky

Perspective: Dateline - La Ceiba, Puebla, Mexico The Artist and Curandero: continued. La Ceiba is a small town in the state of Puebla on the highway between Mexico City and Poza Rica, Veracru... read more

La Ceiba, Puebla: The artist and curandero Charles E. Moritzky

Perspective: Dateline - La Ceiba, Puebla, Mexico The Artist and Curandero La Ceiba is a small town in the state of Puebla on the highway between Mexico City and Poza Rica, Veracruz. It’s ab... read more
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