Lazaro Cardenas and Mexican Populism Research Paper

Lazaro Cardenas and Mexican Populism
Description of Lazaro Cardenas' influence on Mexico following the revolution.
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This paper describes the life of Lazaro Cardenas and his influence on Mexican politics following the Mexican Revolution. The author gives a brief biography of Cardenas' life. Several examples of the political reforms he introduced during his terms as governor and president are also highlighted. The author also shows how some of Cardenas' populist initiatives frequently fell short of his desires. These references are supported by lengthy quotes from various sources. The paper concludes by stating that Cardenas continues to be a voice in the ideology of improved social and political development in Mexico.

The Early Years/The Birth of Populism
Presidential Years/ Populism From Theory to Action

From the Paper:

"Cardenas, in a very popular move also expropriated the oil industry in Mexico. (Werner 1997, 868) The industry was a dominant player in the energy game, providing a good deal of the domestic oil to the US and selling oil all over the world in the 1920s. The Mexican government, with Cardenas at its head, wished to demand more profitability for the people, as part of the populism plan and in doing so failed to sway the oil companies, who had been getting fat off oil profits. Changes in Cardenas political policies recast the whole of the position of Mexico in the world, as well as developing within the Mexican government a reasonable demonstration of deference to positions, other than the dictatorial one of the president."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bantjes, Adrian A. As if Jesus Walked on Earth: Cardenismo, Sonora, and the Mexican Revolution, Wilmington, Scholarly Resources, 1998.
  • Becker, Marjorie. Setting the Virgin on Fire: Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan Peasants, and the Redemption of the Mexican Revolution, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1995.
  • Britton, John A. Revolution and Ideology: Images of the Mexican Revolution in the United States, Lexington, The University Press of Kentucky, 1995.
  • Fallaw, Ben. Cardenas Compromised: The Failure of Reform in Postrevolutionary Yucatan, Durham, Duke University Press, 2001.
  • Knight, Alan, " Revolutionary Project, Recalcitrant People ," in The Revolutionary Process in Mexico: Essays on Political and Social Change, 1880-1940, ed. by Jaime E. Rodriguez O., Los Angeles, UCLA Latin American Center Publications, 1990, 227-264.

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