Essay on Student: Mexico and United States

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The Mexican Revolution as a Result of the Social Degradation caused by the decay of Political and Economic Structure Under the Porfiriato From the perspective of the United States, the Latin American culture has always been more like economic partners than historical counterparts. When it comes to history relating to South America, it can seem as distant as the moon yet only south of Texas and Arizona the Latin Culture exists. The first thought that jumps to mind when on the topic of Latin America is the Mexican culture. Consequentially, this is because in recent years there has been an influx of the Hispanic population into the United States, the majority originating from Mexico. Additionally, it is through Mexico that much trade with South America occurs. Being the metaphorical silk road from the United States to South America, it is important that the history of Mexico is addressed with as much importance as the very history of the United States itself. Though there is much negative rhetoric today about the United States’ relations with Mexico, when compared to the exchanges and perceptions between the Mexican Government and any foreign power during the late 1800’s, the relationship proves to be in better condition. An example of this condition being the North American Free Trade Agreement. The United States is largely a business related nation and so, from a business stand point, it is vital to know the history of a business partner and especially the past conditions of the social, political, and economic stability (Branch). The focus of this exposition is the Mexican Revolt to overthrow the Porfiriato. This was a time in the history of Mexico when all the problems and faults of the country began to boil and arise. It also reflects a turning point in Mexican ideology of culture. It was the pivotal moment in Mexico where the social stratum, the economic system, and the political structure were torn down and replaced and as with many Latin American countries, it involved a revolution. The Mexican Revolution was caused by a multitude of dilemmas that began with the Spaniard Occupation of South America (Branch). These factors slowly built until the exploitation and decay of the Mexican people under the Porfiriato could no longer take such abuse. This is an analysis of the culminating factors that lead to the Mexican Revolution. A revolution is defined as “an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed”. The definition can only go so far as to characterize the result of the revolt, but lacks the color of reason. Revolts are a result of “the will of the people” taking action but in reality it starts with discontentment with the political decisions of the current representatives of state. Due to the lack of cultural stability and clear political structure, there was an opening for even the most radical of leaders and because it did not take much effort to incite the people to believe that one person’s ideals were better than the current leader, presidents and dictators were overthrown as quickly as they were placed. General Porfirio Diaz was a dictator that rose to power, in 1876, by advertising Liberal ideals that as defined would focus on the distribution of rights and freedoms of the Mexican people. These liberal ideals being set in the Constitution of 1857. The Constitution gave the people rights and freedoms similar to that of the United States Constitution. These rights being the right to bear arms and freedom of assembly and so forth. Diaz exploited the laws and rights set down in the Constitution of 1857 and focused on the accruing of wealth for the country regardless of how it affected the lower working class. The revolution began as a political discontentment that evolved into cultural reformation due to economic and social faults in the system. The decay of social order and economic condition under Porfirio’s regime were the…