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Topics in Chronicling America - The Mexican Revolution

On November 20, 1910, Francisco Madero leads a revolt against longtime Mexican President Porfirio Diaz after Diaz refuses to resign from the presidency. The revolution that ensued was tumultuous and bloody, lasting over 10 years. The United States looks on the revolution with caution, intervening twice and 1914 and 1916 in an attempt to protect US interests and slow down the violence. Read more about it!

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Important Dates:

  • November 20, 1910. Francisco Madero runs against sitting dictator Porfirio Diaz in 1910 election. Diaz imprisons Madero and declares himself the winner. Revolution begins.
  • May 25, 1911. Francisco Madero, Pascual Orozco, Francisco “Pancho” Villa, and Emiliano Zapata, oust Diaz.
  • November 6, 1911. Madero wins presidential election and is sworn into office. Factions soon arise between the original revolutionists over social and political beliefs.
  • 1913-1920. Many revolutionists and military leaders vie for power, with constantly shifting allegiances. U.S. troops become involved twice, in 1914 and 1916. The ensuing series of leaders includes Victoriano Huerta, Venustiano Carranza, and Álvaro Obregón.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Porfirio Diaz, Francisco Madero, Emiliano Zapata, “Pancho” Villa, Victoriano Huerta, Venustiano Carranza, Álvaro Obregón, revolutionists, Vera Cruz, presidency
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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