It also means earlier historians as Henry Wilson, who was the 18th Vice President of the U.S. (1873–1875), Senator from Massachusetts (1855–1873), and always a strong opponent of slavery.
He was the first of those in the Union north who lived through the lead-up and the war itself to write a history of the Civil War: the exceedingly valuable History of the Rise and Fall of the Slave Power in America, (three volumes, 1872–77), and earlier, History of the Reconstruction Measures of the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses, 1865-68 (1868). This came out long before Abraham Lincoln: A History (1890), the ten-volume account of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, written by John Nicolay and John Hay, who were his personal secretaries during the American Civil War.
This project will concentrate on other kinds of writing of the periods as much as historical studies, and photography, and ultimately the movies.
The other project is the South American war for independence from Spain and Simon Bolívar, and the connections among the South American hero, Andrew Jackson and Napoleon. The three have reputations in certain quarters as 'democrats', liberators, and revolutionaries. All three were tyrants after achieving power.
|Painting by Goya 1808-1812: Napoleon the Colossus|
There are connections here, among them and the War of 1812 as well as Romanticism, which I'd like to tease out. This also makes for good conversationswith Cuban intellectuals.