Hi, some of the sources are website links, so i will include them here in the instruction box. Also, i will attach the prompt and one more source in the files box. Use Arial or Times New Roman fonts, 12pts, double-spaced. Paper may have around 1200 words. Put a creative title to your paper. This essay should have a clear and strong thesis statement, which goes at the
end of the introduction paragraph. Provide examples from the materials provided. You must cite your
references and include a bibliography at the end of your paper in Chicago Style.
Prompt:
During the second half of the nineteenth century, most Latin American countries faced the effects of
modernization. They sought and received foreign loans and investments (mainly from the US and
European countries) to restore political stability and reactivate their economy. Latin American
governments used these funds to expand their bureaucracies and make material improvements in urban
settings, primarily Latin American capital cities or other important regions. However, the effects of this
modernization fever, which affected all Latin American countries, were often ambiguous or contradictory.
The more loans and investments Latin American countries received, the more they relied on such an
influx of resources. At the same time, the bonanza that these monies produced benefitted primarily
foreign interests and urban elites rather than the bulk of the population.
By the late nineteenth century, an increasing discomfort led to several forms of challenges to this
economic dependency and its effects. In the case of Mexico, the revolution that consumed the country in
the early twentieth century originated from these ambiguities of modernization. Based on the material
assigned for this assignment, identify some of the effects of modernization that motivated a large portion
of Mexico’s population to revolt.
Hint: Why was the bulk of the population (especially in the countryside) dissatisfied? Have they
benefitted from the modernization that Mexico underwent under the rule of Porfirio Diaz?
*Make sure to include at least two visual sources from the virtual exhibition*
Materials:
Reading:
• Joseph, Gilbert m., and Jürgen Buchenau. “Porfirian Modernization and its costs.” In Mexico’s once
and future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Challenge of Rule since the late Nineteenth Century,
15-36. Durham; London: Duke University Press, 2013.
Virtual Exhibition:
• Home. Exhibition. From the Library of Congress, The Mexican Revolution and the United States
in the Collections of the Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/mexican-revolution-
and-the-united-states/index.html (accessed….)
• Overview. Exhibition. From the Library of Congress, The Mexican Revolution and the United
States in the Collections of the Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/mexican-
revolution-and-the-united-states/overview.html (accessed…)
• Prelude to the Mexican Revolution. Exhibit. From the Library of Congress, The Mexican
Revolution and the United States in the Collections of the Library of Congress.

 

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