Thomas Benjamin And The Mexican Revolution

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The thesis is how there is controversy on the Ur-revolutionary and its exsitance. There is a big discussion on the events led up to the revolution and the events that took place during and after the revolution. There have been several books that have been written on Mexico and the revolution, but there are still many questions that have been left unanswered throughout history. Thomas Benjamin began reading books that other historians had written on Mexico and the revolution and became intrigued on learning more about the subject. Over the history of time, there have been many myths that have surrounded the actual history of the Mexican Revolution, which leaves many questions unanswered or just tales that have been passed down from generation…show more content…
Much time has been spent, just trying to make sense of what is fiction and what is real. There is a period of time, which many did not record the events that have taken place and rely much on memory or myths. There was very little history writing. In the first part of the book, Thomas Benjamin uncovers and adds to what has been written on revolutionary traditions and Mexico’s hard work to create them into one shared sequence of events. Benjamin discusses the important political leaders in the order that they served and the effects of each one on the Mexican society. This part is more or less the foundation of how important heroes or leaders played a huge part in the decision making of the events that will take place and shape Mexico’s…show more content…
During the late 1940’s, some of the most elite and powerful political figures determined that the revolution had finally came to an end. There was such a disagreement on this subject. The Mexican society believed that they could not survive without the revolution. It was believed that this was the end of the government that they had known for so many years. The criticism that was discussed became the first of many challenges. This was a time that it had to be proven, that the society could survive politically without a revolution playing part in the decision making. Thomas Benjamin stated, “It would seem useless to deny that there is a popular Revolutionary ‘mystic’ abroad in the land, however vague, its nature,” Charles Haight noted in 1956.(Benjamin158). Approximately ten years later, Stanley used Mark Twain’s phrase and wrote that “the reports of the death of the Mexican Revolution have been greatly exaggerated.”(Benjamin158). The history of the revolution was taught in schools and was passed down from generation to generation. This was a huge part in history and Benjamin realized how the history of this period of time needed to be correct, so that the truth could be known through

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