Pancho Vill Fighting For Social Justice In The Mexican Revolution

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The Mexican Revolution was a time period that lasted from 1910 to 1920 and called for social, political, and economic change. This powerful rebellion is considered as the first major revolution of the 20th century that began the expression of nationalism. One of the revolutionary leaders during this era of revolt was Francisco “Pancho” Villa. Social justice can be defined as the fight against unfair and uneven opportunities in order to achieve equality among the lower masses and the wealthy upper class. Pancho Villa fought for social justice in the Mexican Revolution by fighting against the dictatorships of Porfirio Diaz and Victoriano Huerta, and providing jobs while maintaining haciendas in the North. American newspapers portrayed Pancho …show more content…
The Los Angeles Times’ decision to fill the title of the article with words and phrases such as “notorious rebel” and “surrendered” immediately shows the direction and view the article is heading in (“Francisco Villa Surrendered” 1). Villa is depicted here as someone who broke laws and someone who must be defeated in order to stop the so called “bandit leader” (“Francisco Villa Surrendered” 1). Furthermore, Pancho Villa was considered “the terror of the region” of Chihuahua as his “outlawry was rather in the form of guerrilla warfare” (“Francisco Villa Surrendered” 2). The reason the Los Angeles Times went with a detrimental approach when discussing Villa was due to a report that he “killed more than a score of Sabinas women” where he even went as far as “cutting off their ears” (“Francisco Villa Surrendered” 1). Yet in contrast to the New York Times, this American newspaper article managed to also include the positive social reform Villa fought for in the Mexican Revolution. Pancho Villa was seen as a “bandit idol of the Mexican peon,” who fought for the rights of the poor laborer (“Francisco Villa Surrendered” 2). He was considered the “Robin Hood incarnate” to many, as he fought for social justice and equality in Mexico (“Francisco Villa Surrendered” 2). However even with this approving style, most American newspapers continued to view Villa as a revolutionary leader with a murder

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