History 8b Essay Question 6

History 8b Essay Question 6 - Mark Hernandez The Rise of...

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Mark Hernandez The Rise of Pancho Villa In analyzing Francisco “Pancho” Villa’s rise to power during the Mexican Revolution, one must consider how exactly he did it and why the Mexican people trusted and followed him. In John Reed’s Insurgent Mexico , Reed gives a first hand account of the Revolution and Villa’s rise to power. Although some may consider Villa to be a caudillo, a close examination of Reed’s description of Villa and a comparison to the definition of a caudillo clearly prove that Villa was not a caudillo. One must also be aware, however, of Reed’s possible bias towards the Mexican people and how that may affect his interpretation of the war. Public sentiment towards Mexico in the United States is evident in a political cartoon created by famous cartoonist Thomas Nast. In this cartoon, Uncle Sam stands sternly commanding a stocky man with a full beard and what appears to be a Mexican sombrero on his head to “come here” or “sit” much as one would do to a disobedient dog. 1 This shows how American pop culture viewed Mexicans as small and dirty little creatures that need to be disciplined. However, on closer examination of John Reed’s legitimacy, one might find that he did not have this bias towards Mexico. The Publishers Note at the beginning of Insurgent Mexico gives background information on John Reed. Before he ventured to Mexico to cover the Mexican Revolution, he had already gained fame as a reporter when he covered a strike in Paterson, New Jersey. On his return from Mexico he covered yet another strike in Ludlow, Colorado. Clearly, Reed was passionate about uncovering social injustice and exposing it to the world. He is 11 “Uncle Sam and Mexico, 1866.” in Problems in Modern Latin American History Third Edition edited by James A. Wood and John Charles Chasteen (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, INC., 2009.) Pg.156
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considered to be “the founder of the modern school of creative journalism.” 2
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