Foreign Powers

Mexican Revolution (1884-1940)

Summary of The Mexican Revolution

The Mexican Revolution lasted from 1884-1940 which was a long period of time with lots of chaos throughout the country. Almost nobody knew about this revolution as the rest of the revolutions that were going on. The Mexican Revolution was one of the bloodiest revolutions. The Mexican Revolution was in Mexico, but mainly in the North part of it. The poor people had enough of the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz so they started to protest. According to ¨The Mexican Revolution¨ it states, "By all accounts, the president was a master political manipulator¨ (Slavicek). He was a greedy and ambitious president. He never helped the poor people to have a better life, he only helped the rich people. The most affected people were the farmers because they were the ones that worked the lands. Some key figures for this topic were Francisco Madero, Pascual Orozco, Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata, and Alvaro Obregon. These were the most important people because they were fighting figures that wanted a better life for themselves and the poor farmers. Foreign powers came into action when Diaz's wanted to build railroads and more things in Mexico. According to ¨The Mexican Revolution¨ it states, ¨Enticed by tax breaks and a variety of other attractive incentives, American investors alone came to own more than 50 percent of Mexico's oil fields and 75 percent of its mines U.S. corporation, along with British, French, and German companies, also founded iron and steelworks, textile mills, and cement factories in Mexico¨ (Slavicek). Not only that, but when the revolution started to get really horrible people wanted to leave the country and the most common option was to go to U.S, and that's what they did. An important event that happened was when the constitution was revised and changed in 1917.

Research Question

What was the role of the women during the Mexican Revolution? What did they do in order to help during the revolution?

Women will sometimes also fight, they will be a help during the revolution. They were spies, scouts, and sometimes armed combatants. They had a nickname which was "soldaderas". A famous armed combatant was a woman just dressed as a man so she could fight her name was Petra Herrera. The life of soldaderas was not an easy one because they will need to take care of the children and walk it while the men will fight and go on horses. Not only that but they also needed to carry food and kitchen supplies. The life of women during The Mexican Revolution wasn't easy.

OPVL/Bibliography


“6 Things You May Not Know About The Mexican Revolution.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 21 Sep. 2015. <http://www.history.com/news/6-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-mexican-revolution>

“Feature Mexican Revolution.” PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 21 Sep. 2015. <http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/feature/mexican-revolution/>

This website gave me information about the people that were involved, though it didn't gave me special events that had happened during that period of time. It also only gives me the people who were leaders, it does not really talk about the rebels.

“Intervention In Mexico - Boundless Open Textbook.” Boundless. Web. 21 Sep. 2015. <https://www.boundless.com/u-s-history/textbooks/298/world-war-i-1914-1919-23/the-wilson-administration-176/intervention-in-mexico-961-9141/>

“The Mexican Revolution.” The Mexican Revolution. Web. 21 Sep. 2015. <http://www.historytoday.com/alan-knight/mexican-revolution>

“Mexican Revolution.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 21 Sep. 2015. <http://www.history.com/topics/mexican-revolution>

-This is a secondary source, its a website. This source was helpful to me because it gave me information about the main leaders and rebels, and an important event that happened. It didn't gave details about The Mexican Revolution, as in how it started.

Slavicek, Louise Chipley. The Mexican Revolution. N.p.: n.p., 2011. Print.

-This source gives me a lot of information about The Mexican Revolution. This book is valuable because it gave me a lot of details of what was happening in The Mexican Revolution, and it has primary sources. Like who was the foreign powers, and it gives a background of some leaders and rebels. Some fall backs about this book is that it does not have quotes about the people.