Welcome students! By entering this High School Library online resource you will have a fast, comprehensive and easily accessible entrée into the complex world of The Mexican Revolution. Return to this page at any time by clicking on Home under Categories heading to right of this page.
In your Latin American History course, you have previously studied the following developmental stages of Mexico as a nation: The failed calls for populist revolution and independence from Spain initiated by Fr.’s Hidalgo & Morelos (1810-1815), the conservative, and successful, independence movement of General Iturbide (1820-1823); the revival of reformist goals and domestic upheaval associated with Benito Juarez and the movement of La Reforma (1850-1872); and the social, political, & economic impact of the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz on the nation (1877-1910). What common theme binds your past coursework together? Answer: Differing visions for Mexico are resolved through civil war. Now you are ready to embark upon the final stage in the creation of modern Mexico: The Mexican Revolution (1910-1920).
Yet, the Mexican Revolution is more than just another example of the violence inherent in Mexican political history (though it is certainly that): it is the birth of a world-wide revolutionary process and vision that will later be common in the twentieth century. The Bolsheviks in Russia (1917), Mao in China (1948), Castro in Cuba (1959), the Sandinistas of Nicaragua and the FMLN of El Salvador (1970’s & 1980’s) all incorporate elements into their revolutionary struggles that were 1st are given life in the Mexican Revolution. Pre-dating the formal infusion of Marxism into geopolitics, the Mexican Revolution questioned the institutionalized poverty, racism, political inequality and social hierarchy that dominated Latin America at the turn of the century. Yet, more than just a revolution of political change, it sought (perhaps only as a vague feeling at its outbreak) the complete transformation of the institutionalized behavior of the nation. Its core ideal (perhaps never realized) was to recognize the humanity of all Mexican citizens…to create a nation defined as its people from a nation defined as its leadership. Come and witness the “best angels of our nature” expressed through actions that illustrate those of our worst.
We at the school library are here to help facilitate your learning. This pathfinder serves your needs as juniors in high school: 1) it contains links to resources that provide a broad historical overview of this seminal event in the development of the Western Hemisphere; 2) the supplementary materials were chosen to expand your perspective of this contextual foundation and stimulate deeper levels of critical thinking and individual analysis; 3) Special consideration was given to source length and reading levels so as to make these resources appropriate to your developmental needs.
It is organized for efficient use. On the top of each page you will find thumbnails that divide the selected resources into three distinct categories. Click on Historic Context and you will find statistical information, timelines, general reference overviews, and an introduction to the key personalities and events of The Mexican Revolution. Primary Sources will open a window into the often conflicting philosophies imbedded in the Revolution. In the words of those instrumental in the transformation of Mexico we can witness the arrogance of Porfirio Diaz, the naiveté of Francisco Madero, the populism of Emiliano Zapata, and the duplicity of Venustiano Carranza. You also will have access to the most radical revolutionary document written in the hemisphere to date: The Mexican Constitution of 1917. Audio & Visual Aides will expose you to images that can deepen your affective understanding of this event. All photographs and works of art tell a story far larger than its subject. Look and see what they can tell you!
Enter, explore, enjoy and expand…your mind.