Mexican Revolutionary Leaders Essay

Mexican Revolutionary Leaders Essay

There were many leaders of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 who were very influential, among the many were Francisco I. Madero, Francisco “Pancho” Villa, and the Soldaderas. Not only did these leaders fight with their bodies but many of them also fought with their minds. When people have strong beliefs and convictions, they will fight until they get others to see things the way that they do. This is true of the leaders of the Mexican Revolution. None of them were happy with the current leadership of the country and they fought, with mind and body, to rid their country of what they saw as a problem. The differences in beliefs between the many opposing groups in Mexico caused Mexico to be a turbulent nation in the early 1900s.

Francisco I. Madero was a well educated man, born in October of 1873, who had studied abroad in the United States and in France (“Answers.com”). Due to his schooling in democratic nations, he was a supporter of democracy and wanted Mexico to become a democratic nation (“Francisco Indalecio Madero”). Unhappy with the regime of President Diaz, he led an opposing party, the Anti-Reelectionist Party, and ran against Diaz for the presidency (“Francisco Indalecio Madero”). Instead of facing defeat, Diaz imprisoned Madero for campaigning against him; this caused Madero to return to the United States, after his release from prison, so that he could plan his comeback (“Francisco Indalecio Madero”). Upon returning to Mexico, Diaz recruited many followers and led an armed rebellion against Diaz (“Francisco Indalecio Madero”). Diaz resigned from office and Madero was finally elected president in 1911 (“Francisco Indalécio Madero”). Madero’s fight to replace the government of Diaz marked the beginning of the Mexican Revolution (Davies).

There were several rebellions by other leaders before Francisco “Pancho” Villa came onto the Mexican political scene. Medero had been killed and replaced (Davies). A man named Venustantio Carranza was president when Villa revolted in 1914 (Davies). Villa was a guerrilla leader; he was not afraid to fight dirty when there was something that he wanted (Davies). Villa fought side-by-side with a man named Emiliano Zapata (Davies). Carranza, with the help of a man named Alvaro Obregon, was able to inflict extreme damage upon Villa’s militants and eventually caused the death of Villa’s partner, Zapata (Davies). After Zapata was killed, Carranza lost his support, including the support of Obregon, and his seat as president (Davies). He shortly thereafter lost his life (Davies). Obregon won the following election and the revolts seemed to stop (Davies). Villa stopped rebelling with the oust of Carranza (Davies).

Women of the Mexican Revolution are collectively known as soldaderas; most of their individual names are unknown (Jandura). Although little is known of the women from the Mexican Revolution, their deeds were great (Jandura). The legend of one woman, Adelita, has been passed down in history although there is no evidence of her being a real person (Jandura). Her job was said to have been to guard ammunition (Jandura). Real or fiction, her character would have lived within the soul of many soldaderas. She was brave, just as her men counterparts (Jandura). Women were not only mothers, writers, nurses, and cooks, but also fought for what they believed in; they risked their lives just as the men did (Jandura).

The leader that I can relate to the most is Madero. He was educated and used his knowledge as his main weapon. He felt as though Mexico deserved better leadership and was willing to risk his life to improve the life of his fellow Mexican citizens. He was not ignorant to the ways of other forms of government and therefore had the knowledge to implement a new form of government into Mexican society. Although he lost his life fighting for democracy, at least he died over something that was important to him. He did not sit around and wait for change; he fought for change and made it happen.

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