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The Mexican Revolution: An Overview

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The Mexican Revolution: An Overview

Throughout its history Mexico has had many revolutions. The most famous perhaps is the Mexican Revolution from 1910-1920. The people of Mexico were getting tired of the dictator rule of President Porfino Diaz. People of all classes were fighting in the revolution. The middle and upper classes were dissatisfied with the President’s ways. The lower and working class people had many factors such as poor working conditions, inflation, inferior housing, low wages, and deficient social services. Within the classes everyone was fighting; men, women, and children all contributed to the fight for freedom from Diaz (Baxman 2). This revolution proved to be the rise and fall of many leaders.

In the beginning of his reign, Diaz was almost ideal and had great intentions for Mexico. He created a more stable government and got rid of crime. The quality of life was improved. The government was made stronger by dispatching governors to the various areas of Mexico. The army was also made stronger by professionializing it. The police force readily enforced Diaz’s laws. Diaz also relied on a group of aristocrats as advisors. As Mexico grew, structurally and economically, foreign films invested in the area. The money from the films helped Diaz to build highways, railroads, telegraph lines, oil fields, and rejuvenate the mining industry. New industries were also created and in fifty years Mexico had transformed itself from a third world country to the ideal model of a developing country (Summary 3-4).

Although these things helped to build up Mexico, they also were the factors in the destruction of Diaz. The people in power became wealthy but the rest of the population remained impoverishe...

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...r lifestyle (Baxman 2-3).

Everyone in Mexico was affected by The Mexican Revolution. Whether they were fighting for their freedom or wanted to escape the chaos, they were affected by the rise and fall of power. It also affected some people in the United States as Mexican immigrants came into the U.S. People fought for their freedom and after many years of fighting were able to achieve that.

Sources:

Author Unknown. Summary of the Mexican Revolution. [Online]

http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/9980/PAPER.HTML,year unknown. (Accessed 3/12/99).

Baxman, Cindy. History of the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920. [Online]

http://ac.acusd.edu/History/projects/border/page03.html, 1998. (Accessed 3/12/99).

Consul General. The Mexican Revolution. [Online]

http://www.mexconnect.com/MEX/austin/revolution.html, 1996. (Accessed 3/12/99).
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