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Mexico and the United States share a border of more than 2,000 miles, and their histories and interests have often intertwined. The Mexican Revolution, which began in 1910 and continued in one form or another for the next thirty years, was keenly observed by U.S. citizens, especially those directly involved in Mexico through property ownership, investment, missionary work, tourism, journalism, and education. It differed from many other revolutions in this century in that Marxist–Leninist theory was only one of many radical and reformist influences.

Historian John A. Britton examines contemporary accounts written by Americans commenting on social upheaval south of the border: radical writers John Reed, Anita Brenner, and Carlton Beals; novelists Katherine Anne Porter and D.H. Lawrence; social critics Stuart Chase and Waldo Frank; and banker-diplomat Dwight Morrow, to mention a few.

Their writings constitute a valuable body of information and opinion concerning a revolution that offers important parallels with liberation movements throughout the world today. Britton's sources also shed light on the many contradictions and complexities inherent in the relationship between the United States and Mexico.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Revolution in Context
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  1. 2. A Search for Meaning
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  1. 3. Revolutionary Enthusiasm
  2. pp. 50-66
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  1. 4. The Limits of the Techniques of Hospitality
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  1. 5. Reactions on the Left and the Right
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  1. 6. The Liberal Mainstream and Radical Undercurrents
  2. pp. 88-104
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  1. 7. Two Errant Pilgrims and an Anthropologist
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  1. 8. Pilgrims without a Shrine
  2. pp. 116-127
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  1. 9. Mexico under Cárdenas
  2. pp. 128-143
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  1. 10. The Revolution beneath the Revolutionary Image
  2. pp. 144-157
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  1. 11. Friendly Dissenters
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  1. 12. The Changing Image
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  1. 13. From Selective Amnesia to New Liberal Orthodoxy
  2. pp. 182-199
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  1. 14. The Persistence of Doubt
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  1. 15. A Relevant Legacy
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Illustrations
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813162232
Related ISBN(s)
9780813151434, 9780813181882
MARC Record
OCLC
623352630
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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