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The Mexican Revolution Comes to the Yucatan

george mcclellan in Merida YucatanThe year 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Mexican Revolution in Yucatan. Salvador Alvarado with 7,000 federal troops came to Merida to end slavery in the peninsula and wrest control of the government from the hands of the privileged class and the Catholic Church. He imposed the laws and constitutional reforms of the Mexican Government and paved the way for the socialist era of Felipe Carrillo Puerto who became governor of Yucatan in 1922.

There are events being planned to commemorate this important turning point in Yucatan history, so you’ll want to stay turned for local announcements. The following books provide a good basis for understanding
the times and the people:

Barbarous Mexico by John Kenneth Turner
This is a newspaper reporter’s stories of the slave epoch in Yucatan and Oaxaca just prior to the Revolution. His insights into gringo collusion resulted in Congressional hearings in Washington.

Two copies in the Library – 309.172 / Free on Internet Archives

Revolution from Without: Yucatan, Mexico, and the United States, 1880 – 1924, G.M. Joseph
Libary: 320.97

The Mexican Revolution in Yucatan 1915 – 1924, James C. Carey

 

-by George McClellan

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