Emiliano Zapata Research Paper

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Maria Diaz Chicano 08 Professor Morales 6/26/15 Emiliano Zapata “Es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodillas” (It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees), this is the famous motto of revolutionary general Emiliano Zapata. Emiliano Zapata was born on August 8, 1878 in Anencuilco, Morelos. In his adolescent years he lost his father. His education was cut short as he became head of the household. At young age he also showed compassion for peasants and the poor. Zapata displayed promising traits of a revolutionary, an early example of that would be in 1897 when he was arrested after he partook in a protest against the hacienda that had seized land from peasants of his village. In 1909 Zapata was elected Anenecuilco’s council board president in order to protect the welfare of his village. When the legal system failed him he fired back. Zapata was another prominent figure of the Mexican Revolution; his main agenda was the statutory division of agricultural land and its reallocation to the landless people.…show more content…
Madero promised the people change; with his enticing democratic ideals he gained the allegiance of Zapata along with Pancho Villa and Pascual Orozco. Zapata’s peasant army won Madero a huge victory against federal forces in the city of Cuautla. A week later Díaz resigned. Francisco Madero was elected president in 1911. Zapata became disillusioned by Madero, “while his heart was in the right place he was not about to expropriate the lands” of people of his own social class. In 1911, with the help of Otilio Montaño, he composed the Plan de Ayala. The Plan of Ayala classified Madero as a traitor as well as offered new social ideas and changes. Zapata wanted all usurped land to be redistributed to the citizens of Mexico. In 1912 Zapata revolted against Madero but was quickly put down. In 1913 Francisco Madero was

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