Setting the Virgin on fire : Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán peasants, and the redemption of the Mexican Revolution
- Marjorie Becker.
- Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1995.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (xix, 188 pages) : maps
- Becker, Marjorie, 1952-
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-184) and index.
This work reconstructs the cultural encounters which led to Mexico's post-revolutionary government. It sets aside the mythology surrounding president Lazaro Cardenas to reveal his dilemma: until he and his followers understood peasant culture, they could not govern. This dilemma is vividly illustrated in Michoacan. There, peasants were passionately engaged in a Catholic culture focusing on the Virgin Mary. The Cardenistas, inspired by revolutionary ideas of equality and modernity, were oblivious to peasants' spirituality and determined to transform them. A series of dramatic conflicts forced Cardenas to develop a government that embodied some of the peasants' complex culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Cárdenas, Lázaro, 1895-1970 > Relations with peasantry.
- Cárdenas, Lázaro, 1895-1970.
- Revolution (Mexico : 1910-1920)
- Mexico > Politics and government > 1910-1946.
- Mexico > History > Revolution, 1910-1920 > Social aspects.
- Peasants > Mexico > Michoacán de Ocampo > History > 20th century.
- Indians of Mexico > Mexico > Michoacán de Ocampo > Government relations.
- Political culture > Mexico > Michoacán de Ocampo > History > 20th century.
- Indians of Mexico > Government relations.
- Political culture.
- Politics and government.
- Relations with peasantry.
- Social aspects.
- Mexico > Michoacán de Ocampo.
- Publication date
- 9780520914353 (electronic bk.)
- 052091435X (electronic bk.)
- 0585299455 (electronic bk.)
- 9780585299457 (electronic bk.)