State Governors in the Mexican Revolution, 1910–1952: Portraits in Conflict, Courage, and Corruption

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Jürgen Buchenau, William H. Beezley
Rowman & Littlefield, Mar 16, 2009 - History - 220 pages
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This unique book traces Mexico's eventful years from 1910 to 1952 through the experiences of its state governors. During this seminal period, revolutionaries destroyed the old regime, created a new national government, built an official political party, and then discarded in practice the essence of their revolution. In this tumultuous time, governors—some of whom later became president—served as the most significant intermediaries between the national government and the people it ruled.

Leading scholars study governors from ten different states to demonstrate the diversity of the governors' experiences implementing individual revolutionary programs over time, as well as the waxing and waning of strong governorship as an institution that ultimately disappeared in the powerful national regime created in the 1940s and 1950s. Until that time, the contributors convincingly argue, the governors provided the revolution with invaluable versatility by dealing with pressing issues of land, labor, housing, and health at the local and regional levels. The flexibility of state governors also offered test cases for the implementation of national revolutionary laws and campaigns. The only book that considers the state governors in comparative perspective, this invaluable study offers a fresh view of regionalism and the Revolution.

Contributions by: William H. Beezley, Jürgen Buchenau, Francie R. Chassen-López, Michael A. Ervin, María Teresa Fernández Aceves, Paul Gillingham, Kristin A. Harper, Timothy Henderson, David LaFrance, Stephen E. Lewis, Stephanie J. Smith, and Andrew Grant Wood.
  

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Contents

Chapter 01 The Role of State Governorsin the Mexican Revolution
1
Chapter 02 Benito Juárez Maza of Oaxaca
19
Chapter 03 Salvador Alvarado of Yucatán
43
Chapter 04 Plutarco Elías Calles of Sonora
59
Chapter 05 Adalberto Tejeda of Veracruz
77
Chapter 06 José Guadalupe Zuno Hernándezand the Revolutionary Processin Jalisco
95
Chapter 07 Tomás Garrido Canabal of Tabasco
109
Chapter 08 Marte R Gómez of Tamaulipas
123
Chapter 09 Efraín Gutiérrez of Chiapas
139
Chapter 10 Maximino Avila Camachoof Puebla
157
Chapter 11 Baltasar Leyva Mancillaof Guerrero
177
Index
197
About the Contributors
205
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Jürgen Buchenau is professor of history and director of Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. William H. Beezley is professor of history at the University of Arizona.

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