Setting the Virgin on Fire L�zaro C�rdenas, Michoac�n Peasants, and the Redemption of the Mexican Revolution

ISBN-10: 0520084195
ISBN-13: 9780520084193
Edition: 1995
Authors: Marjorie Becker
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/4/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 194
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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 Laacute;zaro Caacute;rdenas to reveal his dilemma: until he and his followers understood peasant culture, they could not govern. This dilemma is vividly illustrated in Michoacaacute;n. 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 Caacute;rdenas 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 Michoacaacute;n.

List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Official History and the Myth of Secular Redemption
A Culture of Purity and Redemption
From the Margins of Purity to the Margins of Danger
Call Out a Posse, Gather Up Their Music, Teach Them to Sing: The Reinvention of the Indian in Postrevolutionary Michoacan
Revolutionary Lessons, I: Purity up in Smoke
Revolutionary Lessons, II: The Compensations of Indianism
Some Lessons of Their Own
An End to the Innocence
Conclusion: The Redemption of the Mexican Revolution
Select Bibliography
Index

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