Mexico Paper 5 - 1910 marked a turning point in Mexican...

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1910 marked a turning point in Mexican history, it was the year that the masses rose up against the small number of elites unfairly ruling over them. 1910 was the year of the Mexican Revolution. The Revolution was the result of a population that was fed up with being under the rule of a president who had stayed in office for 27 years, among many other reasons. Mexican’s largely fought the revolution for enfranchisement and workers rights. Close to one hundred years have passed since the Mexican Revolution and the rights that the revolutionaries fought so hard have still not been established at anywhere near the level that the war was fought for. Prior to 1910 Mexico had fought a century of wars. There were wars of reform, wars against invaders, and civil wars. All the conflict of the 19 th century took a terrible toll on the Mexican people and its economy. War stopped for a time, and the people of Mexico were finally able to return to a peaceful way of life when Porfirio Diaz was elected president in 1877. During Diaz’s regime Mexican’s enjoyed a booming economy due to reforms, foreign investment, railroad construction, concentration of farm lands, a mining boom, and other economically stimulating enterprises. (Wasserman 169-176) During this apparent time of economic prosperity, however, all was not as well in Mexico as it may have seemed. While there was an economic boom the spoils were reaped by a very small number of elites and the disparity between the wealthy and the poor grew larger. For the majority of Mexicans financial gains made during the economic boom were temporary as the majority of the cash flowing into Mexico found itself in the hands of the few. The construction of the railroad made exporting mass amounts of goods possible, this made farm land more valuable, and that created the problem of elites taking the communal land holdings away from villagers to create large farms that profited from exporting goods to places like the United States, while destroying the livelihoods of many Mexicans who depended on their small plots of land for subsistence. For many Mexicans who had their land taken away the only options they had were to either work for the large landowner or, as many did, move to cities to look for work.
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course HISTORY 508:362 taught by Professor Wasserman during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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