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Culture and Customs of Mexico (Culture and Customs of Latin by Peter Standish

By Peter Standish

Mexico, with a few ninety million humans, holds a distinct position in Latin the USA. it's a huge, complicated hybrid, a bridge among North and South the US, among the traditional and the fashionable, and among the built and the constructing worlds. Mexico's value to the USA can't be overstated. the 2 nations percentage old, financial, and cultural bonds that proceed to adapt. This e-book bargains scholars and common readers a deeper realizing of Mexico's dynamism: its wealth of heritage, associations, faith, cultural output, rest, and social customs.

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Zapata was shot by Carranza's troops; Obregon had Carranza put to death and was probably also behind the death of Villa; Obregon himself was shot in 1928. Though the worst of the violence was over by 1920, commonly quoted as the end date of the Revolution, things were hardly peaceful for some years thereafter. Carranza had reluctantly accepted the introduction of a new constitution, one that addressed many of the issues that had caused discontent; it provided for land redistribution, the return of private property to public ownership, a secular education system, and rights for workers, such as minimum wage level and the right to strike.

He won over the conservative landowners by forgetting all ideas of land redistribution; after all, he himself was one of them. The clergy regained much of the power they had lost in previous years and were happy because, while Diaz talked about reform, he in fact changed nothing. The intellectuals and liberals were bought off with comfortable jobs. And, as ever, the majority, the poorest and weakest people, particularly the Indians, were left out. Recruiting bandits, Diaz established his own militia, called the rurales, whose job was to do away with any disorder in the country.

He supported Juarez against Santa Anna, and made many public declarations in favor of reform and democracy, but when Juarez's successor, an ineffectual though well-meaning leader, sought reelection, Diaz effectively staged a coup, declaring himself provisional president, and subsequently arranging for his own election. After his term, he stepped down, and a friend, Manuel Gonzalez, assumed rhe presidency; but Diaz's appointees were still in all the important positions of government. When Gonzalez's government became embroiled in a corruption scandal, Diaz was able to sweep back into power, ostensibly as a reformer.

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