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The Mexican Revolution
The Mexican Revolution
The Mexican Revolution
The Mexican Revolution
The Mexican Revolution
The Mexican Revolution
The Mexican Revolution
The Mexican Revolution
The Mexican Revolution
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The Mexican Revolution


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  • 1. The Mexican Revolution Haley Hardy
  • 2. The Basics
    • Brought about by tremendous disagreement among the Mexican people over the dictatorship of President Porfirio Diaz
    • Power concentrated in the hands of a select few
    • People had little or no power at all:
            • Opinionated as well as
            • Political election preference
    • Wealth, likewise, also concentrated in the hands of a select few
  • 3. President Porfirio Diaz
    • President from 1876-1880. Then again in 1884-1911.
    • Stayed in power by manipulating government.
            • Many times having his hand-picked Congress amend the Constitution to allow him to be re-elected
            • 1880-1884: Ruled through his hand-picked “puppet” successor Manuel González
            • Excluded the poor
  • 4. The Basics: Cont.
    • Younger generations want to participate in the political life of their country
    • Wanted President Diaz announced publicly that Mexico was ready for democracy so that they could participate in Mexican politics.
            • Mexican Constitution called for public election
            • Diaz used his political power and economic advantages to stay in power indefinitely.
  • 5. Francisco I. Madero
    • Firm supporter of democracy. Also wanted to make government be subject to the strict limits of the law.
    • His movement being successful with the citizens, Madero was immediately targeted as a threat to Diaz.
    • Planned to run in the next election for President. Madero threw him in jail and declared himself the winner of the election by default.
    • Fled to U.S. in October of 1910
            • “ Plan of San Luis Potosí ”-Said the elections were a fraud
            • Madero said he would not recognize Diaz as the President of the Republic
  • 6. Plan of San Luis Potosí
    • Political document
    • Written in San Antonio, Texas in 1910
    • Called for:
            • The destruction of Díaz's authoritarian presidency
            • The re-institution of democracy through violent direct action
    • Document asked for the Mexican people to rise in arms on Nov. 20, 1910
  • 7. Francisco I. Madero Cont.
    • Madero declared himself President Pro-Temp until new elections could be held.
          • Promised:
            • Return all land taken from peasants
            • Universal voting rights
            • Limit: One term per President
    • The beginning of the Revolution was on Nov. 20, 1910 when Madero called for an uprising via his published plan for uprising.
  • 8. Falling Action
    • March 1911 Emiliano Zapata led the uprising of the peasants
            • Reclaimed their (local) land and water
    • Armed revolts continued any many other parts of the country
    • Maderista troops: defeated army of Diaz in six months
    • Diaz resigned his presidency.
            • Fled in exile to France
            • He died in 1915
  • 9. President Francisco I. Madero
    • Mexican Congress elected Francisco Leon De La Barra as President Pro-Temp.
    • Proceeded to hold national popular elections.
            • Francisco I. Madero won
            • Jose Maria Pino Suarez as Vice-President