The Mexican Revolution

analytical Essay
716 words
716 words

The Mexican Revolution The prevailing concern of the Mexican revolution was the welfare of the common Mexican worker, be he a farm worker on a Southern hacienda, or a rancher in the North. The presidents of Mexico, starting most notably with Benito Juárez, really incited the revolution, though laterthe main course of protest and turmoil focused on the presidents themselves. Díaz served as Mexican president until 1910. During his time in office, the Mexican economy and lifestyle were fairly successful; Mexico had good trade relations with the U.S. and other countries, and the wealthy landowners were making a sizeable profit. However, the huge population of laborers who worked to produce that success were suffering bitterly. Mexico was in a state of prime capitalism, surviving on the exploitation of the lower classes. Because of their lowly state, Mexico's poor had little, if any, pride in themselves or their country. The Mexican identity was crumbling. In 1910, Madero replaced Díaz as president. Madero had the misfortune of inheriting an angry nation. Most ordinary Mexicans were dissatisfied with the government's lack of attention to them, and by this time they had found leaders who were strong enough to fight for their basic rights. Madero wanted desperately to reach a compromised agreement of some kind, if for no other reason than to quiet things down. Emilio Zapata, leader of the Southern farm workers, opposed him bitterly. Zapata felt that people's basic needs were being neglected,that Madero was focusing too much on re-establishing a higher classs sense of order. In response, Zapata and his armed followers, the Zapatistas(from whom the present "Zapatista" guerrillas take their name--WW), made chaos of Southern M... ... middle of paper ... ... the working class became revered and respected, and the actions of the government were now to be watched more closely. Much of the modern Mexican political state exists as it does because of the revolution. Even music in Mexico owes much of its basis to the days of the revolution, when patriotic songs were composed by everyday campesinos. Mexico's history is somewhat similar to that of France, in that it was once an aristocratic, feudal nation that has slowly become a land of relative freedom and opportunity; never as successful in that regard as the U.S., but still very much improved in its social awareness. WORKS CITED Deas, Malcolm. (Ed.). (1980). CAUDILLO AND PEASANT IN THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Joslin, David, & Street, John. (Eds.). (1968). THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION, 1910-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the mexican revolution was centered on the welfare of the common mexican worker. daz served as mexican president until 1910.
  • Describes madero's misfortune of inheriting an angry nation. most ordinary mexicans were dissatisfied with the government’s lack of attention to them.
  • Analyzes how emilio zapata and his armed followers, the zapatistas, made chaos of southern mexico. they overturned the hacienda system, 'freeing' the workers from restrictive bondage.
  • Analyzes how madero's efforts were patronizing, underhanded, and too late in its political timing. in the north of mexico, francisco "pancho" villa was assembling cattle workers whose job welfare was at stake.
  • Analyzes how victoriano huerta overthrew madero in 1913, and spread his powerful influence throughout the country by way of the tyrannical federales.
  • Analyzes how marx and engels' communist manifesto outlines the rights and abuses suffered by the working class. this was a marxist revolution.
  • Explains that carranza defeated villa's forces and assumed control of the country. he issued a final constitution in 1917, which sought to reform agricultural policies.

Let Our AI Magic Supercharge Your Grades!

    Get Access