Saturday, January 31, 2015

Insurrection Week

Welcome to Mexican Insurrection Week. We will be looking at old pictures from the Mexican Revolutions. I say revolutions, because Mexican history is littered with one revolution after another. I must say that I have trouble sorting out the good guys from the bad guys. For example, there are cases where the government became oppressive and a populist leader would organize the working class into a revolution. Then when successful, that populist leader would often be no better than the corrupt government that was brought down. So, I will not try to sort out the Good, the Bad and the Ugly this week, but will present pictures from the uprisings. We start with this picture of a rebel scout. The picture was from the 1911 revolution.


  1. Yeah, just like it is in the Mideast countries. One day they were heroes and the next day they are the oppressors.
    They promise you every thing until they win then they turn into the same monsters they just defeated.

  2. Mexican governments have had the same problems ever since. And before the revolution you're starting with. It's got a lot to do with colonialism, I suspect, and oppression of the native peoples. The US has not been immune from that oppression, both in this country and in others. Consider the Monroe Doctrine of Manifest Destiny. And the Middle East got carved up after WW I by European countries based on who had the power to grab the oil resources there. They paid no attention to the original boundaries. Same thing happened in the Americas. Who was it who said, "Those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it"?

  3. You are correct to term it "revolutions". as in this period there were revolutions against governments formed by revolutionaries. Once Diaz was overthrown, the situation became very fluid.

    That shows in these photos, as at least one of the photos put up so far shows a Constituionalist force which would have been lately a revolutionary party, but which was now the government, aligned against Villa, who had participated in the overthrow of Diaz in favor of Modero, but who was rapidly back on the outs when Modero was killed by the remaining elements of the Federal Army. At the time of the Punitive Expedition, all of the forces in control in Mexico had been, at one time, revolutionaries, even though they were fighting against each other (with our having sided with Carranza a motivation for Villa's raid on Columbus NM).