The Mexican Revolution

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The Mexican Revolution

The Mexican Revolution was the culmination of a mass of political, economic, and social tension that accompanied the regime of the dictator Porfirio Diaz. The Revolution began with the aims to overthrow Diaz, but the Revolution had a pronounced effect on the organization of Mexico's government, economy, and society.

Porfirio Diaz was the president of Mexico when the Revolution broke out. He was elected in 1877, and although he swore to step down in 1880, he continued to be reelected until 1910. He claimed that he was justified in this because he brought stability to Mexico. However, this was hardly the case. Diaz's regime aimed to industrialize Mexico, and foreign investors such as the United States and Britain
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However, while Madero kept the Catholic Church close, the Constitutionalists that succeeded Madero denounced the Catholic faith and in the Constitution of 1917, there were specific articles that had restraining effects on the expansion of the Catholic Church. The Church did not benefit from the revolution at all.

The Mexican Revolution caused major changes in Mexico; its impact was far-reaching and drastic. The old political elite had been brushed aside, and a new revolutionary elite had taken power. The revolution advocated the centralization of power in Mexico, particularly in the president. The role of the military had been substantially reduced. Also, there was the establishment of a formal political party, which helped to stabilize the political situation in Mexico. There were also great social reforms as a result of the revolution. Peasants and workers now had more of a voice in public affairs, although there were limits on their power. A new constitution allowed workers to protest and unionize, established a minimum wage, an eight-hour workday, and restrictions on child labor. However, these laws were not enforced heavily, but they were still very important to the Mexican people. One of the most lasting effects of the revolution is that the government began to take an active role in keeping up the minimum living standards


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