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Foundations of America

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168 Zapatista

The Zapatista, also know as the Liberation Army of the South, were formed in 1910 in Morelos Mexico, led by Emiliano Zapata.  Emiliano Zapata was elected leader in his town in 1909.  Once elected he began recruiting for his liberation army.  The Zapatista's were mainly made up of poor Mexicans who wanted to make an income of working off their land. The group played a big role in the Mexican revolution by not accepting the new reformist government under Fransisco Madera.  The Zapatistas fought against governed troops led by Victoriano Huerta, who overthrew Madera in 1913.  The Zapatistas demanded land and freedom for their people.  Zapata's core plan was based on the "socialization of land". Zapata was eventually gunned down at a meeting with government troops.  The Zapatistas without their leader were disbanded in 1920.  Zapata's dream of fair distribution of land to his people was not answered until the late 1930's during the presidency of Lazaro Cardenas.  Zapata's ghost is said to be seen riding the hills of Mexico. alt

In Ragtime, the book mentions how Emma Goldman Describes Emiliano Zapata and his fight for freedom of his people.  Emma Goldman was making a speech what was going on in Mexico with and Zapatistas and how she was ashamed of all the American business firms in the national counsels of the Mexican government who were unwilling to help the fight for the Zapatista's cause.  Emma Goldman agreed with Emiliano Zapata and described him and his revolt for what was right.  She herself was an Anarchist like Zapata and they shared the same ideas of political Activism.  alt

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