The Mexican Revolution – Its Meaning One Century Later

Chicago Teachers as Scholars
Thursday, February 20, 2014 to Friday, February 21, 2014
Dr. Chris Boyer, University of Illinois Chicago

This seminar will take stock of the Mexican Revolution more than a century after its outbreak in 1910. Traditional histories tell a story of rough-hewn revolutionaries like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata raising armies of peasant warriors to overthrow the dictator Porfirio Díaz in a bid for social justice and national honor. But how accurate is that version? And what did the uprising accomplish (or fail to accomplish)? We will explore the social and political stresses that unleashed the first social revolution of the twentieth century, take a look at the complicated trajectory of the revolution during the decade of 1910-1920, and then measure the effects of the revolution during the 1930s and beyond. The seminar will make use of primary sources including images and maps from the Newberry’s extensive collections in a bid to complicate the way we think about the revolution and its enduring legacy in Mexico.

Cost and registration information: 

Registration will open on September 12, 2013.

For registration information, please contact Charlotte Wolfe Ross at

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