Aviva Mzxico! Aviva La Independencia!: Celebrations of September 16 / Edition 1

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¡Viva México! ¡Viva la Independencia! Celebrations of September 16 examines the Independence holiday, exploring how this most important public festival in the civic calendar has given Mexicans a rich tradition of national celebration that is part creation myth, part official pomp, and part popular merrymaking. The editors examine how Independence Day festivities have provided a medium for informal education, sketching on the canvas of the public sphere national values, glorifying specific historical events and individuals, and celebrating government plans and achievements. Since 1823, this festival has served as an essential contribution to the conversion of Mexicans to common ideals, as people across the country express their national identity with the cry, '¡Viva México! ¡Viva la Independencia!'

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Editorial Reviews

Latin American Research Review
The focused nature of this volume is its strength, taking a single event and showing different historical aspects of it from independence through the modern era.
John Mason Hart
This exceptional collection of essays brings the rites of Independence and Revolution to life by giving the actions of the original participants new meaning in the social and political contexts of their times.
Jeffrey Pilcher
Anyone who has experience the eve of September 16 in Mexico, felt the crush of bodies in the Zòcalo, seen the magnificent fireworks, and heard the official cries of '¡Viva!'—as well as the obscene popular replies—instinctively knows the deep significance of Independence for the Mexican mentality. Finally, a book that reveals the political struggles behind the civic holiday that shaped Mexico's national identity. This is an important work of cultural history, as vibrant and complex as the celebration it examines.
Mark Wasserman
Historians are gradually filling in the gaps in our knowledge about nineteenth-century Mexico. The essays in ¡Viva México! ¡Viva la Independencia! help us understand the links between popular culture, political symbolism and mythmaking, and state-building during this tumultuous century.
(Jilas) Journal Of Iberian and Latin American Studies
This book is a welcome addition to the study of public commemorations in Latin America.
(Jilas) Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies
This book is a welcome addition to the study of public commemorations in Latin America.
Social and cultural historians, most of them Mexican, explore how the most important public festival in the civil calendar has since 1823, given Mexicans a rich tradition of national celebration that is part creation myth, part official pomp, and part popular merrymaking. Seeing the festivity as a medium for informal education, they show how it sketches national values on the public sphere, glorifies specific historical events and people, and celebrates government plans and achievements. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842029155
  • Publisher: Scholarly Resources, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Latin American Silhouettes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Beezley is professor of history at the University of Arizona. David E. Lorey is program officer for Latin America at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Functions of Patriotic Ceremony in Mexico Chapter 2 Images of Independence in the Nineteenth Century: The Grito de Dolores, History and Myth Chapter 3 The Junta Patriótica and the Celebration of Independence in Mexico City, 1825–1855 Chapter 4 The First Independence Celebrations in San Luis Potosí, 1824–1847 Chapter 5 San Angel as the Site of National Festivals in the 1860s Chapter 6 Conservatives Contest the Meaning of Independence, 1846–1855 Chapter 7 New Celebrations of Independence: Puebla (1869) and Mexico City (1883) Chapter 8 The Capital Commemorates Independence at the Turn of the Century Chapter 9 1910 Mexico City: Space and Nation in the City of the Centenario Chapter 10 The 1921 Centennial Celebration of Mexico's Independence: State Building and Popular Negotiation Chapter 11 Postrevolutionary Contexts for Independence Day: The "Problem" of Order and the Invention of Revolution Day, 1920s–1940s Chapter 12 Suggested Readings Chapter 13 About the Editors and Contributors Chapter 14 Index

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