Mexico’s Revolution; Then and Now: an evening w/ author James D. Cockcroft

February 10, 2011


Thursday, February 10 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
DC Arts Center
2438 18th Street NW

cosponsored by Monthly Review Press, and SOA Watch

$5 at the door. RSVP on facebook, if that’s your thing…

Come join us in Adams Morgan to trace 100 years of revolutionary tradition in Mexico with James Cockcroft, author of the book Mexico’s Revolution Then and Now, as he takes particular note of struggles around migration, drug trade, and U.S. imperialism.

Written to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the first predominantly anti-capitalist revolution in the world, Mexico’s Revolution Then and Now is the perfect introductory text and one that will also sharpen the understanding of seasoned observers. Cockcroft provides readers with the historical context within which the revolution occurred; explains how the revolutionary process has played out over the past ten decades; tells us how the ideals of the revolution live on in the minds of Mexico’s peasants and workers; and critically examines the contours of modern Mexican society, including its ethnic and gender dimensions. Well-deserved attention is paid to the tensions between the rulers and the ruled inside the country and the connected tensions between the Mexican nation and the neighboring giant to the north.

Mexico’s Revolution Then and Now also explores the possibility of Mexico’s revolutionary history finally bearing the fruit long hoped for by the country’s disenfranchised—a prospect kept alive by the unyielding struggle of the last one hundred years. This is the definitive introduction to one of the most important events of the twentieth century.

“This timely book that marks the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence from Spain as well as the centennial of the Mexican Revolution provides a context for understanding the anti-imperialist resistance of the Mexican people and the current capitalist crisis that is creating economic refugees of hundreds of thousands of Mexicans. A passionate, beautifully written work that clarifies, informs, and calls for action.”

—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico

“By an eloquent historian, this work is key to understanding both the Mexican Revolution and the social movements which it inspired, from the Magonistas to the twenty first century Zapatistas.”

—Dr. Devra Weber, Department of History, University of California, Riverside

James D. Cockcroft is a bilingual award-winning author of forty-five books on Latin America, Mexico, Latin@s, culture, migration, and human rights. He is Internet professor for the State University of New York, a poet, three-time Fulbright Scholar, and an activist with la Base de Paix Montréal, among countless other organizations.

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