Emiliano Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

Emiliano Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

by R. Conrad Stein
     
 

The Mexican Revolution was a brutal civil war fought between 1910 and 1920. The war pitted the rich against the poor and the landless against the landowners. During ten years of fighting some 1 million and perhaps as many as 2 million people were killed.

The Revolution left deep scars in the Mexican soul, but it gave the people their greatest hero in modern times

Overview

The Mexican Revolution was a brutal civil war fought between 1910 and 1920. The war pitted the rich against the poor and the landless against the landowners. During ten years of fighting some 1 million and perhaps as many as 2 million people were killed.

The Revolution left deep scars in the Mexican soul, but it gave the people their greatest hero in modern times: Emiliano Zapata. A peasant leader, Zapata fought for the rights of his people and never sought personal gain. He led the landless farmers of southern Mexico in their struggle against powerful landowners. The battle cry of Zapata's army was simple and forceful: "Land and Liberty!"

Zapata was killed late in the war. But decades after his death the peasants of the south, who believed Zapata to be immortal, claimed they still saw him. Around their huts the impoverished farmers would gather and talk in hushed tones: "Yes, I saw him last night. I saw our Emiliano. He was riding alone."

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Marla K. Unruh
Completing his series begun in 2007, the author presents a balanced view of both ancient and more recent Mexican history in these two volumes. In Ancient Mexico, the narrative begins with the Paleo-Indians and traces the rise and fall of Pre-Columbian peoples such as the Olmecs, Maya, Toltecs, and Aztecs. Competing theories concerning dates and origins are given a nod without impeding the flow of the text; however, omission of more recent historical thought is disappointing, particularly when Stein references a quote from 1994 that there may have been half a million people in Pre-Columbian North America. More recently, authors such as Charles Mann (1491[Knopf, 2005]), contend that there may have been 25 million people here when Columbus arrived. In Emiliano Zapata and the Mexican Revolution, Stein's clear-eyed, readable style makes Zapata a sympathetic character without overlooking his flaws as he, Pancho Villa, and other players struggled on the Revolution stage. Various generals and dictators fought each other, causing more bloodshed than even our Civil War. But of them all, only Zapata remained true to his vision of land and liberty for the disenfranchised poor. The love and loyalty he inspired keeps his legend alive today. In both books, maps, photos, and text boxes enhance the text, and the back matter includes timelines and websites. In spite of several mistakes that escaped the editor, young scholars will find this series helpful. They should, however, be encouraged to examine works with more recent references as well. (The Story of Mexico) Reviewer: Marla K. Unruh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599351636
Publisher:
Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Series:
Story of Mexico Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
964,953
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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