As if Jesus walked on Earth: Cardenismo, Sonora, and the by Adrian A. Bantjes

By Adrian A. Bantjes

Conservatives branded him a communist traitor, a deadly radical uploading unique idealogies that eventually could break the ideas of personal estate, the kinfolk, and faith. even though, to the Indians, operating category, and the bad, he used to be a digital deity, tata, the embodiment of the folks. To that horde of millions, the six years that L_zaro C_rdenas served as president of Mexico have been as though Jesus, Himself, walked on the earth. in the course of his time period as President of Mexico (1934-1940), L_zaro C_rdenas fought to right the deeply rooted renowned grievances that at last sparked the Mexican Revolution. but many Latin Americanists think that the recognition of this debatable determine has clouded the knowledge of Mexico's heritage. This sweeping and designated learn debunks the various verified interpretations of Cardenismo and sheds new gentle at the historic procedure which created Mexico's post-revolutionary political tradition. as though Jesus Walked in the world analyzes what Cardensimo really intended for traditional Mexicans-culturally, politically, and economically-as they struggled via these tough years of radical reform. via focusing particularly on C_rdenas's effect at the northern border nation of Sonora, Professor Adrian Bantjes explores the multivocality of Cardenismo that allows you to comprehend either the utopianism and the praxis of postrevolutionary Mexican society. via this learn of a key section within the means of centralization through an more and more robust Mexican country, readers achieve an improved figuring out of L_zaro C_rdenas and the broader debate at the nature of the Mexican Revolution.

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It is this fluidity that explains why Cardenismo was so controversial during the 1930s, and why the Cardenista myth persists to this day. Page xv Not only should this study enhance our understanding of Cardenismo, but it also contributes to the wider debate on the nature of the Mexican Revolution. Did the revolution constitute an autonomous, popular struggle for land and liberty, or was it a cynical ploy by an excluded, modernizing middle class to gain control of the State? 18 Reality was, of course, more complex, but the Sonoran case clearly indicates that worker and peasant agency was a major factor in Cardenista reform.

Schuler, and Maren von der Borch. An early version of this study was read by the late Nettie Lee Benson, Jonathan Brown, Susan Deans-Smith, Aline Helg, and Bryan Roberts. I am particularly grateful to Alan Knight, my dissertation supervisor at Texas, for his assistance, encouragement, and profound insights. A later version was read by William Beezley, Cynthia Radding, Cheryl Martin, Mary Henning, Evelyn HuDeHart, and several anonymous readers, who all provided helpful suggestions. Obviously, any remaining errors are mine.

Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory11 Page 7 The Mayo Indians still speak of that fateful day in 1934 when Juan Pacheco, head of the Mayo Valley rural police, walked into the little church at Júpare: At that time the church doors were never locked as they are now. He set fire to the church. It was just a little mud and cane building with one bell. It burned and fell. And he gathered up all the Little Children [saints' images in the church] and carried them away. As they came to the river and started to cross, San Juan [Bautista] jumped away from [Pacheco] and hopped into the river where the little bridge is now.

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