Celebrating Insurrection: The Commemoration and Representation of the Nineteenth-Century Mexican Pronunciamiento

Celebrating Insurrection: The Commemoration and Representation of the Nineteenth-Century Mexican Pronunciamiento

by Will Fowler (Editor)


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The pronunciamiento, a formal list of grievances designed to spark political change in nineteenth-century Mexico, was a problematic yet necessary practice. Although pronunciamientos rarely achieved the goals for which they were undertaken and sometimes resulted in armed rebellion, they were nonetheless both celebrated and commemorated, and the perceptions and representations of pronunciamientos themselves reflected the Mexican people’s response to these “revolutions.”

The third in a series of books examining the pronunciamiento, this collection addresses the complicated legacy of pronunciamientos and their place in Mexican political culture. The essays explore the sacralization and legitimization of these revolts and of their leaders in the nation’s history and consider why these celebrations proved ultimately ineffective in consecrating the pronunciamiento as a force for good, rather than one motivated by desires for power, promotion, and plunder. Celebrating Insurrection offers readers interpretations of acts of celebration and commemoration that explain the uneasy adoption of pronunciamientos as Mexico’s preferred means of effecting political change during this turbulent period in the nation’s history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803225411
Publisher: Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Series: The Mexican Experience
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Will Fowler is a professor of Latin American Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the editor of Forceful Negotiations: The Origins of the Pronunciamiento in Nineteenth-Century Mexico and Malcontents, Rebels, and Pronunciados: The Politics of Insurrection in Nineteenth-Century Mexico, and the author of Santa Anna of Mexico, all available from the University of Nebraska Press.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: The Damned and the Venerated: The Memory, Commemoration, and Representation of the Nineteenth-Century Mexican Pronunciamiento xvii

Chronology of Main Events and Pronunciamientos, 1821-1910 xliii

1 The Memory and Representation of Rafael del Riego's Pronunciamiento in Constitutional New Spain and within the Iturbide Movement, 1820-1821 Rodrigo Moreno Gutiérrez 1

2 The Damned Man with the Venerated Plan: The Complex Legacies of Agustín de Iturbide and the Iguala Plan Richard A. Warren 28

3 Refrescos, Iluminaciones, and Te Deums: Celebrating Pronunciamientos in Jalisco in 1823 and 1832 Rosie Doyle 50

4 The Political Life of Executed Pronunciados: The Representation and Memory of José Márquez and Joaquin Gdrate's 1830 Pronunciamiento of San Luis Kerry McDonald 74

5 Memory and Manipulation: The Lost Cause of the Santiago Imán Pronunciamiento Shara Ali 93

6 Salvos, Cañonazos, y Repiques: Celebrating the Pronunciamiento during the U.S.-Mexican War Pedro Santoni 114

7 Contemporary Verdicts on the Pronunciamiento during the Early National Period Melissa Boyd 152

8 The Crumbling of a "Hero": Ignacio Comonfort from Ayutla to Tacubaya Antonia Pi-Suñer Llorens 176

9 Porfirio Díaz and the Representations of the Second of April Verónica Zárate Toscano 201

10 Juan Bustamante's Pronunciamiento and the Civic Speeches That Condemned It: San Luis Potosí, 1868-1869 Flor De María Salazar Mendoza 228

11 "As Empty a Piece of Gasconading Stuff as I Ever Read": The Pronunciamiento through Foreign Eyes Will Fowler 247

Bibliography 273

Contributors 299

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