"We Shall Die Like Suns, Diffusing Light": The Failed Insurrection of the Partido Liberal Mexicano, 1906-1911

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[Unknown User], “"We Shall Die Like Suns, Diffusing Light": The Failed Insurrection of the Partido Liberal Mexicano, 1906-1911,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed April 4, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/393.

Title

"We Shall Die Like Suns, Diffusing Light": The Failed Insurrection of the Partido Liberal Mexicano, 1906-1911

Creator

Salazar, Joshua Bongolan

Date

2019

Description

This thesis explores the failed insurrections of the Partido Liberal Mexicano under Ricardo Flores Magón between 1906 and 1911. Both events sought to instigate revolutionary uprisings to overthrow the Mexican government and to radically transform the Mexican state. These two events saw the PLM produce propaganda to disseminate their message and struggle. Of these materials, this thesis compares and contrast the PLM’s 1906 manifesto to their later 1911 manifestos to identify the PLM’s anarchist turn. I apply the same method to the propaganda materials created in support of the PLM by two prominent members representing the two major North American political factions (socialist and anarchist) aiding the PLM and Magón during this period: John Kenneth Turner and Voltairine de Cleyre. The two pieces produce by Turner and de Cleyre provide insight into the way North American socialist and anarchist either understood or misunderstood the PLM’s revolutionary goals they sought to enact in Mexico. Thus, I argue that the PLM’s insurrectionary movement to bring revolutionary change to the socio-economic conditions in Mexico was an anarchist movement at its core. Yet, their downfall by the end of 1911 resulted from Magón’s decision to conceal the PLM’s anarchist leanings during the majority of the PLM’s most active years. The nail on the coffin was launching their 1911 insurrection of Baja California before establishing were the PLM’s political allegiance laid.

Subject

Anarchism; Mexico; Mexican Revolution; Insurrection; Ricardo Flores Magon; Partido Liberal Mexicano; Mexican Liberal Party; Revolution

Publisher

Simmons University (Boston, Mass.)

Format

1 PDF (58 Pages_

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses

Potential Collection

Dual History and Archives Management