Description - Setting the Virgin on Fire by Marjorie Becker
This work reconstructs the cultural encounters which led to Mexico's post-revolutionary government. It sets aside the mythology surrounding president Lazaro Cardenas to reveal his dilemma: until he and his followers understood peasant culture, they could not govern. This dilemma is vividly illustrated in Michoacan. There, peasants were passionately engaged in a Catholic culture focusing on the Virgin Mary. The Cardenistas, inspired by revolutionary ideas of equality and modernity, were oblivious to peasants' spirituality and determined to transform them. A series of dramatic conflicts forced Cardenas to develop a government that embodied some of the peasants' complex culture.
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(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Marjorie Becker
Marjorie Becker is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern California.