The Mexican revolution
By Quinn Fournier
Life in Mexico was difficult for the poor to say the least. The wealthy were living lavish in Mexico, but the peasants struggled in every aspect of life. Many families struggled to eat a full meal each night. Laborers were working incredibly long hours for scraps. The lower class became an inescapable abyss. Like most of the oppressed societies in history, they revolted. The Mexican revolution is very reminiscent of other Latin american revolutions. Like the Haitian revolution, Although the Mexican people were not technically slaves both society were extremely oppressive. Only a few elite were involved in how the country acted. Also the American revolution is strangely similar to the Mexican revolution. There was a very strong religious authority in the Mexican revolution because the Catholic Church was extremely powerful, in Mexico. That incurred an oppressive religious rule. Similarly to the american revolution there were enormous taxes imposed on both Mexican people and American people. Causing both groups to revolt in their own respective countries.
Francisco was born into one of the most wealthy families in all of Mexico. Francisco's role in the revolution started when he opposed the reelection of Porfirio Diaz. He testified that it was anti-democratic. He created his own political party and after elected head of the party he was arrested by the government officials. He later escaped and wrote the plan of San Luis Potosi. He invoked the first revolution in 1910. Madero's revolutionaries swiftly seized power of the country. Madero was elected president with a 90% vote. His presidency did not last long as he was assassinated 2 years after taking office. He was trying to make mexico a constitutional democracy. His views most similarly aligned with John Locke.
Alvaro Obregon was born in 1880, the same year his father Francisco Obregon died. Francisco Obregon owned a sizable estate before Alvaro was born, but in 1867 it was taken. That force Alvaro to be raised by a single parent, in poverty. Obregon was a general in the second wave of the Mexican Revolution. He later became president. His presidency was the first stable presidency since 1910, when the revolution first started. He opposed the Huerta regime that had been in place, And he supported Carranza's idea of overthrowing the government. That is when he ran for presidency, and was elected. When Obregon was elected he sought massive educational change and cultural developments. He tightened the lead on the church and it power. In 1928 Alvaro Obrejon was assassinated, after winning the election. His form of government would most likely align with the thoughts oif John Locke.
Victoriano Huerta was born in February of 1913. He was born into a lower class family, and he joined the military when he was just a teen. Eventually parts of the military rebelled under the rule of Francisco Madero. After Madero resigned his presidency, Huerta took office. He created a dictatorship. He became Porfirio Diaz 2.0. His presidency did not last long at all. He was ousted swiftly. His form of government would most likely align with Thomas Hobbes.
Did it work?
The mexican revolution was a long drawn out process that took years to cease. Many people died and Mexico was not well off during all the revolutions. That is not to say it wasnt worth it. The revolution allowed the Mexican people to break free from the oppressive rule of the Porfirio Diaz. The church no longer had its grip over Mexico. Mexico could have had more revolutions, but finally the changes that occurred stayed in place and the fighting stopped. Mexico was finally a democracy after a decade of revolutions.