Northern Illinois University Press

Outcasts in Their Own Land

Mexican Industrial Workers, 1906–1911

Rodney D. Anderson

Ordinary working people, convinced their life could be better than it was, demanded not only a fair share in Mexico's progress but also to be respected for their contribution to that progress. This study shows that powerless people need not be anonymous or inarticulate. Mexican workers emerge as a determined and perceptive group, dominated by a sense of national cultural consciousness.

The workers' story is integrated into the broader social experience of the Mexican Republic as it underwent the transition from a rural-agrarian society to an urban-industrial complex. This study exhibits how the Mexican workers resisted the radical ideology of foreign revolutionary dogmas and based their demands on indigenous sociopolitical traditions. The vaguely collective la raza concepts and the anti-gachupinismo of earlier liberal movements, served to legitimize their protests in the eyes of many nonworking-class Mexicans. Anderson's research shows the folly of a romantic interpretation of the Mexcian Revolution as a peasant uprising synonymous with Zapatista agrarianism.

(1976) 431 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-87580-992-2
paper $29.50

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Chapter 1 Workers of Anáhuac, 1521–1876
Chapter 2 Mexican Workers and Industrial Progress, 1876–1905
Chapter 3 The Year of the Strikes
Chapter 4 La Huelga de Río Blanco
Chapter 5 Mexican Society in the Aftermath of Río Blanco
Chapter 6 Politics and the Mexican Industrial Worker
Chapter 7 Mexican Workers and the Revolution of 1910
Chapter 8 Conclusion
A. Strike Tables, 1865–1911
B. Work Force Tables
C. Factory Regulations Proposed by the Gran Círculo de Obreros Libres of Puebla, December 1906
D. Workers' Anti-Reelectionists' Clubs
E. History and the "Inarticulate": A Personal Note
Bibliographical Comments

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-992-2
paper $29.50