The Mexican Revolution

This paper discusses the goals and ideals of the Mexican Revolution during two major epochs: 1910-1917 and 1917-1940.

Porfirio Diaz became the president and dictator of Mexico in 1877. He served one term, and then he stepped down as president, only to return to office in 1884. He returned to office, because he claimed that he brought social and economic stability to Mexico and so he was needed in that position. The Mexican citizens felt otherwise. Diaz ended up serving, as president, until 1910.
In many ways, Diaz was very deceitful to the Mexican citizens, especially the poor farmers of Mexico. A law passed in 1833 by Diaz stated that private land companies were permitted to survey public lands; they were then paid for these services, with land grants which were equal to one-third of the land that they originally surveyed, plus the option to buy the remaining part of the land at a low price 1 This new law hurt the poor Mexican farmers, because Mexican land was now owned by a select few, and the poor farmers could not compete with that. This led to the decline of the standard-of-living amongst these farmers.

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