U.S. reaction to the Mexican Revolution : an analysis of contemporary opinion

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Patsy Routh Stephans (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Franklin Parker

Abstract: At the very doorstep of the United States Mexico has carried forth a Revolution involving not just the chaos of political coups but also the drastic measures of fundamental social and economic reform. This study has been designed to supplement present scholarship in an attempt to understand why Mexico after 1917 escaped the fate dealt by the United States to other countries of the Caribbean who endangered the rights and properties of American citizens. Excellent studies have been made of the role of important individuals in shaping United States policy toward Mexico, but the reaction and influence of public opinion has continued to be a subject for conjecture. The major purpose of this study has been to examine American reaction to certain events of the Mexican Revolution through the use of contemporary journalism. Since the term Mexican Revolution is used to apply to such an extended period of time and a multitude of events, three years that are especially important for seeing American reaction to the different stages of Mexican property reform have been chosen for investigation: 1917, the year in which the Mexican Constitution with its fundamental revision of foreign property rights in Mexico is written and promulgated; 1926, the year that the Land and Petroleum actually put the constitutional provisions regarding property into effect; and 1938| the year of the major oil expropriations as well as the continuance of the land expropriations for Mexican cooperative ejidos. Primary sources have included all articles in English indexed by the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature and the International Index to Periodicals in the years 1917, 1926, and 1938, as well as selected newspapers.

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Language: English
Date: 1970
Press and politics $z United States $x History $y 20th century
Public opinion $z United States $x History $y 20th century
Mexico $x History $y Revolution, 1910-1920 $x Foreign public opinion, American

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