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Chang 1Mexican Revolution and Political LeadersMexico has had a number of revolutions throughout its time but none more legendary than the Mexican Revolution of 1910 through 1920. It was a time when the people of Mexico were looking for a political change. Mexico was under the ruling of a dictator president by the name Porfirio Diaz, who ran Mexico for more than 30 years. There were many other political influences of the Mexican Revolution, some being negative and some being positive. Some othernotable influences include Francisco Madero, Emiliano Zapata, and Francisco “Pancho” Villa and many more. Laura Esquivel a Mexican author writes a fiction based novel called Like Waterfor Chocolate that takes place during the time of the Mexican Revolution. Throughout the novel we see different signs of a civil war taking place and different political figures. The Mexican Revolution was one of the most important and brutal times in Mexican history. Over 900,000 people lost their lives during this decade long civil war that broke out in 1910 and edied down in 1920. One of the main causes of the Mexican Revolution was Porfirio Diaz and his utterly corrupted government. Diaz’s goal was to transform Mexico in to a capitalistcountry by industrialization similar to America and the Industrial Revolution. Although Diaz accomplished his goal of modernizing Mexico by building railroads, factories, and mines it all came at a cost. Diaz’s plan only benefited the wealth families of Mexico. During Diaz’s reign he confiscated peasant farmers land and sold them to foreign investors. Diaz’s corrupted government created severe poverty and widen the gap division between the rich and poor (Wasserman 558).The Mexican Revolution broke out when long time dictator Porfirio Diaz was challenged by an up and coming political figure by the name of Francisco Madero. The revolution began
Chang 2after Madero sent a letter from exile in the United States to Mexico asking for the people of Mexico to up rise against the dictatorship of President Diaz. This called of action was answered by some peasant rebels in the north who were led by Pascual Orozco and Francisco Villa, and in the south led by Emiliano Zapata. Madero’s plan of overthrowing Diaz succeeded and he now became president. The revolution continued long after Diaz resignation because the following presidents after him were not able to keep their promises of change. Most of the revolutionary leaders who became president after Porfirio Diaz failed because they forgot what they were fighting for after they came in to power. Madero’s presidency didn’t last very long because he failed to fulfill his plan of land reforms as he promised thus losing him the support of the poorer communities (Darity 130).