Mexican Revolutions: The Mexican And Cuban Revolution

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There are a number of revolutions that we have studied in the second part of the course. However, the two I am focusing on are the Mexican and Cuban revolutions. These revolutions have three main aspects in common: they are both nationalistic revolutions. Secondly, they both are multifaceted- each supported by different people in the social hierarchy such as peasants and students. Lastly, each push for a more equitable society in terms of class and race and attempt to create laws to support their new outlook on each. In contrast, unlike in Mexico, Cuba was more radical. Student opposition and mobilization were a very important part in both revolutions, however in Cuba the students become more radicalized, soon Batista attempts to shut down …show more content…
In their constitution of 1917, there is one main article- articles 27- that bring in the nationalistic aspect. Article 27 deals with the distribution of land and sovereignty of the land. No one has the right a property, to make sure that the people get the most out of the land, the Cuban governments requires that if you are granted land you must be productive with it- i.e. use it to harvest food- if this requirement is not the state reserves the right to seize those properties and turn it over to other people who will actually use it and be productive. This is very nationalistic because it provides a strong emphasis on crops and products made in Cuba. The Cuban revolution produced a similar law to article 27, it was the agrarian reform law of 1959. This reform stated that the state had a right to take back land if it not used. It also limited the size of land allowed to be owned -the excess was ceded to the state- and stated an owner was not allowed to sell the land only transfer it to a family member. Cuba took the Mexican’s article 27 and expanded it even more, to increase nationalism in the state. They wanted to make sure that everyone had an equal share of land and that it would almost always stay with Cuban …show more content…
At the end of the long awaited Cuban revolution an unexpected government arouse, a leader turned dictator and tension between the US and Cuba. Up until the tension between the US and Cuba there was no indication of the socialist movement happening in Cuba, but since then Cuba decided to stick with communism and allied with the Russians. Also, Fidel was not supposed to end up a dictator, he took control but no one assumed he would be in power for as long as he did. Now, at the end of the Mexican revolution there is a new era and a brand new government. This revolution would leave key legacies that would continue to have repercussions afterward such as very powerful popular political participation. This lead to a state of piece, for a while at least and put Mexicans at

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