THE ANARCHISTS & THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION Práxedis G. Guerrero (1882-1910) by Dave Poole eBook £1.00/€1.50 (see eBookshelf) Also available from Kobo and Kindle

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Jul 262016

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PraxedisCover1Práxedis G. Guerrero, anarchist, militant, propagandist, poet and secretary to the ‘Junta Organizadora del Partido Liberal Mexicano’ was the first Mexican anarchist to give his life for Land and Liberty, when he was killed, at the early age of only 28, during an attack on the town of Janos, Chihuahua, in the early months of the Mexican Revolution. Together with Ricardo Flores Magón, Práxedis was one of the main animators of the early revolutionary attempts made by the P.L.M. to rid Mexico of its ageing and dictatorial ruler, Porfirio Díaz who, for forty years, had subjected the Mexican people to the most cruel despotism and slavery; and during the imprisonment of Ricardo Flores Magón, between 1907 and 1910, Práxedis took on this revolutionary task almost single-handed. Joining the P.L.M.’s Junta Organizadora in 1907 soon after its foundation. Práxedis not only became its most able and important ‘military’ organiser, but also a clear-sighted propagandist who contributed much to the anarchist ideas of the P.L.M. In his short but heroic life Práxedis translated the anarchism of theory into the anarchism of practical action.”
Contents: Biography of Práxedis G. Guerrero; Writings of Práxedis G. Guerrero: Racism, Women, Tyranny and a literary essay, Blow!

LIBRADO RIVERA. Anarchists in the Mexican Revolution by Dave Poole eBook £1.00/€1.50 (see eBookshelf) Also available from Kobo and Kindle

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Librado Rivera (17 August 1864, Aguacatillos, Rayón, San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Died 1 March 1932 in Mexico City.)

Librado Rivera and Ricardo Flores Magón

Of the many comrades and collaborators of Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón, Librado Rivera was by far the closest. It was a revolutionary partnership that lasted twenty years, rivalling that of Durruti and Ascaso, ending only with Ricardo’s murder (directly or indirectly by the US authorities) in Leavenworth Federal Prison, Kansas. Librado, a founding member of the Partido Liberal Mexicano, was a man who made fundamental and major contributions to its anarchist orientation.

1913 – Arrest of the PLM Organising Committee prior to their imprisonment on McNeil Island (Washington State): Ricardo Flores Magón, with Pinkerton agent; Anselmo L. Figueroa, Librado Rivera (and Pinkerton agent); Enrique Flores Magón.

Librado, however, has been badly neglected on his own account, partly due to his own natural modesty and reticence. He always shunned the limelight while remaining at the same time in the forefront of the struggle, preferring to adopt the role of a seemingly ‘simple militant’. The reality was very different. A tireless anarchist revolutionary and propagandist, he spent more than thirty years fighting, as he would say, ‘for all the oppressed and exploited of the earth’ against injustice and ‘a new society which would have, as well as liberty, love and justice for all!

In addition to Dave Poole’s English text, the book contains many of Rivera’s most important articles, but unfortunately these are IN SPANISH ONLY.

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LAND & LIBERTY! Anarchist Influences in the Mexican Revolution — Ricardo Flores Magón Compiled and Introduced by Dave Poole. eBook £eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

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Cipriano Ricardo Flores Magón (September 16, 1874 – died, Leavenworth Penitentiary, November 21, 1922)

“A succinct biography of Ricardo Flores Magón together with a collection of his essays, a history of Mexican anarchism, and a chronology of the anarchist movement. “It contains the finest collection of Magón’s writings yet seen in English. It also presents important evidence in support of the argument that Magón’s influence within the Mexican left between 1910 and 1920 was far stronger than we have previously recognised.” John M. Hart, Hispanic American Historical Review.”

‘This collection of articles under the title Land and Liberty was first published by the Organising Junta of the Mexican Liberal Party in Los Angeles, California, in 1913. It was intended to be the first of a series of booklets to explain to English speaking readers, mainly in North America, the aims and ideas of the Mexican Liberal Party, and the true social aspect of the Mexican Revolution ignored by the general press. Some of articles published in ‘Land and Liberty’ first appeared in Regeneración during the years 1910-1912 and were written by Ricardo Flores Magón, William C. Owen and Antonio de P. Araujo.

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Zapata of Mexico by Peter E. Newell eBook £1.50/€2.00 (see eBookshelf)

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Emiliano Zapata (born in the pueblo of Anenecuilco in the Mexican state of Morelos on 9 August 1879), possibly the ‘purest embodiment’ of the Mexican Revolution, was betrayed and murdered in the patio of the Hacienda de San Juan, in Chinameca, on 10 April 1919.

Who, and what, was Zapata? This book describes what Emiliano Zapata sought to achieve—and just how much he and his compañeros of the Liberation Army of the South actually dld achieve, in Morelos and southern Mexico, between 1910 and 1920. It also includes an account of the evolution of the ejldos and common lands of that country. PHOTO ALBUM

Oct 082011

See ChristieBooks Films:
A documentary about what it means to be an anarchist today in Mexico City, a city of 25 million inhabitants. It reminds us of the possibilities of other ways of living. Toby, now 50 years old, was a punk, and together with Marta, they run the Bilbioteca Social Reconstruir, a project launched by the Spanish anarchist Ricardo Mestre. The library contains files of considerable historical importance, as well as more than five thousand titles on the subject of anarchism. Here, Jacinto and Claudio, historians, studied anarchism, from the time of the Flores Magón brothers to today’s decrepit labor system; Ignacio started the Cultural Multiforum ‘Alicia’ 15 years ago The film has much to teach us about contemporary Mexico and a generation which is searching for another, more just world.

Sep 222011

Will Wyatt’s fascinating and insightul 1978 documentary of his search for the real identity of the writer B. Traven (1882-1969), now known to be the German anarchist Ret Marut, editor of Der Ziegelbrenner – and Otto Fige, born in Poznan, 1882

¡Que viva México! (1932 – Sergei Eisenstein) see FILMS

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Dec 042010

Sergei Eisenstein shot ¡Que viva México! in Mexico in 1931 during the Great Depression, a project  financed by the author Upton Sinclair, his wife Mary Craig and a  few  friends. The economic crisis forced Sinclair to halt the project in early 1932, but fortunately most of the work was completed before Stalin summoned Eisenstein back to Moscow.

Sinclair promised Eisenstein that he would send him the negatives to enable him to do the final editing in Moscow, but with the director suspected of Trotskyist deviationism Mosfilm was instructed not to allow the film into the country. Eisenstein got off lightly, considering, but he was prevented from making films for several years, during which time he taught at the State Film School. Stalinist propaganda blamed Upton Sinclair for the non appearance of ¡Que viva México!

Two films were made using Eisenstein’s film footage, with Sinclair’s permission: Thunder over Mexico made in 1933 by Sol Lesser and Time in the Sun, made by Mary Seton in 1939/40. In the 1950s, Sinclair deposited Eisenstein’s unedited material with the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Many film-historians believe  ¡Que viva México! to be one of Eisenstein’s greatest films. ¡

Nov 302010

A film dramatisation of John Reed‘s newspaper accounts of the Mexican Revolution. Considered the first real film in Mexican cinema to be made on the Mexican Revolution. John Reed, Harvard graduate and American journalist, became a socialist in the period running up to World War I. In 1913, he travelled to Mexico with his lover, Mabel Dodge, to report on the ongoing Mexican Revolution. In 1910, Francisco Madero, a wealthy landowner, seized control of the government, and overthrew General Porfirio Diaz. Failing to live up to his promises of land reform, Madero was challenged by the peasant leader Emiliano Zapata. Madero was assassinated by a group of rightist generals and replaced, ultimately, by the American-backed General Huerta who, in turn was challenged by Pancho Villa. For four months, Reed followed Villa on his march south from Texas through Chihuahua and south towards Torreon. Traveling in the company of peones, Reed got to know firsthand the people who supported Villa in his ultimate overthrow of the Mexican government. This FILM and BOOK tells Reed’s account of those four months. Reed left Mexico before Villa’s job was completed. After a short time in the United States, he travelled to Europe where he witnessed, first hand, the Russian Revolution.

TEXT: Insurgent Mexico (English)

BOOK: México insurgente (Spanish PDF and ISSUU)

Search also: FILMS: Cananea, Zapata en Chinameca, The Fighter, Corrido(s), Zapata and Villa Enter Mexico City, The Funeral of Emiliano Zapata

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