Viva Mexico! Viva la Independencia!: Celebrations of September 16

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William H. Beezley, David E. Lorey
Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - History - 261 pages
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¡Viva México! ¡Viva la Independencia! Celebrations of September 16 examines the Independence holiday, exploring how this most important public festival in the civic calendar has given Mexicans a rich tradition of national celebration that is part creation myth, part official pomp, and part popular merrymaking. The editors examine how Independence Day festivities have provided a medium for informal education, sketching on the canvas of the public sphere national values, glorifying specific historical events and individuals, and celebrating government plans and achievements. Since 1823, this festival has served as an essential contribution to the conversion of Mexicans to common ideals, as people across the country express their national identity with the cry, "¡Viva México! ¡Viva la Independencia!"
  

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Contents

Images of Independence in the Nineteenth Century The Grito de Dolores History and Myth ISABEL FERNANDEZ TEJEDO AND CARMEN NAVA...
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The Junta Patriotica and the Celebration of Independence in Mexico City 18251855 MICHAEL COSTELOE
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The First Independence Celebrations in San Luis Potosi 18241847 SERGIO ALEJANDRO CANEDO GAMBOA
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San Angel as the Site of National Festivals in the 1860s VERONICA ZARATE TOSCANO
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Conservatives Contest the Meaning of Independence 18461855 JAVIER RODRIGUEZ PINA
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New Celebrations of Independence Puebla 1869 and Mexico City 1883 WILLIAM H BEEZLEY
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The Capital Commemorates Independence at the Turn of the Century NORA PEREZRAYON E
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1910 Mexico City Space and Nation in the City of the Centenario MAURICIO TENORIO TRILLO
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The 1921 Centennial Celebration of Mexicos Independence State Building and Popular Negotiation ELAINE C LACY
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Postrevolutionary Contexts for Independence Day The Problem of Order and the Invention of Revolution Day 1920s1940s DAVID E LOREY
231
Suggested Readings
247
About the Editors and Contributors
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Index
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William H. Beezley is professor of history at the University of Arizona. David E. Lorey is program officer for Latin America at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California.

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