The Mexican Revolution

Kacy, Courtney, Kaitlyn

When and where did it happen?

The Mexican Revolution began on November 20, 1910 in northern Mexico. The revolution ended in 1920.

What caused it?

It began as a movement of middle-class protest against the long-standing dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz and devolved into a bloody civil war, with numerous factious fighting for control of Mexico.

Who was involved?

The people involved in the Mexican Revolutionary war were Porfirio Diaz, the dictator of from 1876-1911; Fernando I. Madero, the ambitious President from 1911-1913; Emiliano Zapata, the idealist; Victoriano Huerta, seized power from Zapata and was President from 1913-1914; Pascual Orozco, the Muleteer warlord; Pancho Villa, the Centaur of the North; Venustiano Carranza, the President from 1914-1920 and Alvaro Obregon.

What were some results or lasting effects?

In 1917, voters elected Venustiano Carranza president of Mexico. That year, Carranza reluctantly approved a new constitution that included land and labor reform. With amendments, it is still in force today. The constitution addressed three major issues: land, religion, and labor. The constitution strengthened government control over the economy. It permitted the breakup of large estates, placed restrictions on foreigners owning land, and allowed nationalization, or government takeover, of natural rescources. It also set a minimum wage and protected workers' rights to strike. Although the constitution gave suffrage only to men, it did give women some rights.

Where events took place during the Mexican Revolution