Mexican Revolution After 1930

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Name: Angella Smith
I.D #: 620039564
Tutor: Dr. Robert Sierakowski
Date: 27/03/2013
Topic: Latin American History
Title: Comment on the view that the Mexican Revolution changed course between 1934 and 1940.

Thesis: The Mexican Revolution was one of a political and economic change than that of a social change.

The Mexican Revolution: A Brief Review

From 1910-1920 as much as 2 million people were killed, this was the most devastating period in Mexico. “Trains were blown up, haciendas were burnt, and corruption prevailed.” Lynn V. Foster. The revolution however, lead to feudalism and peonage been ended and gave rise to land reform and labour unions. Therefore, the Mexican Revolution gave way for great opportunities. The revolution also gave rise to Mexican heroes, like Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa who fought in the revolution for what they believed in. Pancho Villa wanted his lands back and he believed in land reform for the people. Revolution can be defined as a forcible overthrow of a government or social order for a new system. The revolution was more of a political one than social or economic. After the declaration of independence by Hidalgo, Madero declared himself provisional president of Mexico from Texas. The cause of the revolution was that Porfiriato Diaz was in control of Mexico and he was running it into the dumps. The poor remained poor and the rich became richer. Diaz was backed by the army and one day small guerrilla forces sprang out all over Mexico and Diaz sent his army and rurales to defeat them. These small groups were made up of school teachers, peasants, lawyers, doctors and students. During Diaz’s 35 years as president of Mexico he had a policy that he himself did not follow; his policy was that there should be no re-election. He did not obey his own rule and always ran in other elections, and saw to it that he won all the time. When Francisco Madero ran in the election against Diaz, he arrested Madero, however; he escaped...
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