The Renovation Of A Damaged People : Mexico 's Post Revolution Cultural Recovery

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The Renovation of a Damaged People:
Mexico’s Post-Revolution Cultural Recovery

Throughout history, music, art, and literature have held key roles in dealing with and responding to current political events. This type of culture has been used for good and evil - spreading truth that inspires the masses to make a change, or propaganda in order for a government to cultivate certain ideas within its citizens. By looking at the content of artistic expression during any given time and in any given area, we can use lyrics, pictures, and prose to ascertain the state of affairs and how the common people as well as the government felt about it. The Mexican Revolution, lasting from 1910 to 1940, inspired a plethora of historically significant, meaningful traditions, all colored with anti-colonial, autonomous attitudes. During and following this period of revolution, Mexican art, music, and literature responded to the turmoil and violence by attempting to formulate a unique national identity by which all Mexicans could be unified. The Mexican Revolution was a time of great turmoil and ongoing violence between the lower working class who fought for “tierra y libertad (land and freedom)”, and the supporters of Porfirio Diaz, a dictator who had held power for over 30 years. As evidenced in the many vignettes in Nellie Campobello’s Cartucho and My Mother’s Hands, such disturbing acts of violence were very commonplace in this era. An example of this is the narrative of a Villista named…

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