The 1960s represented a revolutionary moment around the globe. In rural Mexico, several guerrilla groups organized to fight against the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Specters of Revolution chronicles two peasant guerrilla organizations led by schoolteachers, the National Revolutionary Civil Association (ACNR) and the Party of the Poor (PDLP), which waged revolutionary armed struggles to overthrow the PRI. Both emerged to fight decades of massacres and everyday forms of terror committed by the government against citizen social movements that demanded the redemption of constitutional rights. This book reveals that these movements developed after years of seeking legal, constitutional pathways of redress, focused on economic justice and electoral rights, and became subject to brutal counterinsurgencies. Relying upon recently declassified intelligence and military documents and oral histories, it documents how long-held rural utopian ideals drove peasant political action that gradually became radicalized in the face of persistent state terror and violence. Placing Mexico into the broader history of post-1945 Latin America, Specters of Revolution explodes the myth that Mexico constituted an island of relative peace and stability surrounded by a sea of military dictatorships during the Cold War.
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About the Author
Alexander Avina is Assistant Professor of History at Florida State University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Guerrilla Ghosts in the Mexican Countryside
1. Traditions and Legacies of Rebellion
2. A Lesson in Civic Insurgency
3. A Moment of True Democracy
4. Re-treading Old Paths, Forging New Routes
5. "There Was No Other Way"
6. A Poor People's Revolution
Conclusion: A Poor People's Utopia
Epilogue: "The Bones Will Tell Us What Happened"