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Setting the Virgin on Fire: Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán Peasants, and the Redemption of the Mexican Revolution

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In this beautifully written work, Marjorie Becker reconstructs the cultural encounters which led to Mexico's post-revolutionary government. She sets aside the mythology surrounding president Lázaro Cárdenas to reveal his dilemma: until he and his followers understood peasant culture, they could not govern.

This dilemma is vividly illustrated in Michoacán. There, peasants were passionately engaged in a Catholic culture focusing on the Virgin Mary. The Cardenistas, inspired by revolutionary ideas of equality and modernity, were oblivious to the peasants' spirituality and determined to transform them. A series of dramatic conflicts forced Cárdenas to develop a government that embodied some of the peasants' complex culture.

Becker brilliantly combines concerns with culture and power and a deep historical empathy to bring to life the men and women of her story. She shows how Mexico's government today owes much of its subtlety to the peasants of Michoacán.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520914353
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Indians of mexico
Author:
Marjorie Becker
Author:
Becker, Marjorie
Subject:
Political culture -- Mexico -- Michoacâan de Ocampo -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Catholicism
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Subject:
Peasantry
Subject:
Political culture
Subject:
History
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Subject:
Christianity - Catholic
Subject:
Mexico Politics and government 1910-1946.
Subject:
Cardenas, Lazaro - Relations with peasantry
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
World History-Mexico
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Series Volume:
Lázaro Cárdenas, Mic
Publication Date:
1995
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
188

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History and Social Science » World History » Latin America
History and Social Science » World History » Mexico

Setting the Virgin on Fire: Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán Peasants, and the Redemption of the Mexican Revolution
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