Mexican Revolution: Emiliano Zapata
Zapata's Involvement During The Revolution
Brief History of Mexico from 1910-1920
Porfirio Diaz had been President for 30 years (1 term of 4 years and another of 26 years) leading up to 1910 though he was opposed by almost all of Mexico he continued to rule over them. This was until Madero wrote his book, La Succession Presidencial, where he called for Diaz to step down from office. The book was so influential it helped start a revolution. As stated in pbs.org, "The book was widely read. It would start a revolution." (pbs.org, 2012). Around this time, Zapata and Madero started to work together and in 1911 they successfully removed Diaz from power.
Having helped Madero take control and become president, Zapata expected to get the land reform he had hoped for. The reason why Zapata wanted this land reform so much was because the land of the lower class was being taken away from them by the rich. With rich landowners, they forced the low-class farmers to work on their land with little pay. This infuriated Zapata because those workers actually owned the land and worked it, while the rich claimed to "own" the land. RealiZapata decides he wants to change once again and works to get rid of Madero in order to get a president that will help the lower class.
Mexico is full of mountains, valleys, a desert, many rivers and many small villages/towns. Zapata, along with others, used this land to their advantage. They would do quick attacks and then run off into the land to avoid capture. He also used the villages/villagers to his advantage. Since he was seen as a Robin Hood (steak from the rich, give to the poor), he was liked by almost everybody. This was a huge advantage because they would offer help and refuge to him and his men.
Why Didn't Zapata Become President?
This article is about the life of Emiliano Zapata and what he did during the revolution. However, the article included little to no information on other revolutionaries. Another limitation is that this article did not have an author just staff.
"Francisco Madero." PBS. PBS, 2012. Web. 20 Sept. 2015
This article is about Mexican President/Dictator Francisco and his rise to power with the help of Zapata, the limitation of this article was that it didn't really talk about how the people saw him and what they thought about him. Also, this article did not include an author.
"Zapata Assassinated in Mexico." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2010. Web. 20 Sept. 2015.
This article gave me information about Zapata's death and what lead up to it, for example ot talked about how he was tricked into believing he was having another ally. One limitation is that it didn't talk about how Zapata felt about his new ally. This also didnt include an author.
"Emiliano Zapata." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.
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