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During this new and masterful synthesis, Wasserman exhibits the hyperlink among traditional males and women-preoccupied with the calls for of feeding, garments, and offering shelter-and the elites' hope for a sturdy political order and an increasing economic system. the 3 key figures of nineteenth-century Mexico-Antonio L?pez de Santa Ana, Benito Ju?rez, and Porfirio D?az-are engagingly reinterpreted. however the emphasis during this publication is at the fight of the typical humans to continue keep watch over over their daily lives. matters relevant to village lifestyles have been the appointment of police officers, imposition of taxes on Indians, the trustworthiness of neighborhood clergymen, and adjustments inland possession. groups usually their leaders into one political camp or another-and even into war-out of loyalty. Excesses in partisan politics and neighborhood antagonisms gave upward thrust to just about 80 years of struggle, leading to the nation's financial stagnation among 1821 and 1880 and the mass migration of ladies from the nation-state to town. The industrialization of city employment perpetually altered gender kinfolk. in the course of wartime, ladies acted because the provide, transportation, and clinical corps of the Mexican armies. in addition, with higher frequency than has been recognized, ladies fought as infantrymen within the 19th century. This account of Mexico from Independence to the Revolution combines vigorous reasons of social heritage, political and monetary swap, and gender relatives. Wasserman deals a well-written, considerate, and unique background of Mexico's 19th century that might attract scholars and experts alike."At lengthy final, a clear-headed, non-romanticized, and non-adversarial research of way of life and politics around the significant sweep of a century of swap and rebirth. it is a great publication, specialist and hugely accessible."—Professor Timothy E. Anna, college of Manitoba

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Personal strengths and weaknesses aside, Santa Anna’s life encapsulated the history of an era in Mexico. The general and sometimes president symbolized the ambiguities, uncertainties, and continuities of politics in the Independence epoch and its aftermath. In her famous account, Life in Mexico, Fanny Calderón de la Barca described Santa Anna as “a gentlemanly, good-looking, quietly dressed, rather melancholy-looking person, with one leg, apparently somewhat of an invalid. . ” Legend swirled around him.

Big operators, who might have employed hundreds of men and dug out millions of pesos worth of silver and gold, occupied precarious positions, for theirs was a boom and bust business. One never knew 34 Chapter 1 how long a bonanza (rich ore strike) would last. Small operators were numerous, since it was not hard to make a claim for a mine and only a minimal level of activity legally maintained it. Scavengers worked some older flooded mines that guerrilla bands had ruined and looted. There were two categories of workers: skilled and unskilled.

Debt peonage in a few areas was nearly indistinguishable from slavery. For example, on the haciendas of the Sánchez Navarro family, whose properties extended through Coahuila and Durango, armed retainers hunted peons who tried to escape their obligations. In other areas, however, debt served as a kind of cash advance or bonus, attracting peons to work on a particular hacienda. In some regions where labor was scarce, the hacienda store, which scholars have long considered to be a villainous institution that overcharged and cheated workers to keep them in insurmountable debt, may have actually subsidized peons.

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