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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It may seem presumptuous that so young a man as myself should propose to write his life and memoirs, for, as a rule, one waits until he has accomplished something in the world, or until he has reached old age, before he ventures to tell of the times in which he has lived, and of his part in them. But the profession to which I belong, which is that of a soldier, and which is the noblest profession a man can follow, is a hazardous one, and were I to delay until to-morrow to write down what I have seen and done, these memoirs might never be written, for, such being the fortune of war, to-morrow might not come. So I propose to tell now of the little I have accomplished in the first twenty-three years of my life, and, from month to month, to add to these memoirs in order that, should I be suddenly taken off, my debit and credit pages may be found carefully written up to date and carried forward. On the other hand, should I live to be an old man, this record of my career will furnish me with material for a more complete autobiography, and will serve as a safeguard against a failing memory.
 

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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
41
The First Independence Celebrations in San Luis Potosi 18241847 SERGIO ALEJANDRO CANEDO GAMBOA
75
San Angel as the Site of National Festivals in the 1860s VERONICA ZARATE TOSCANO
85
Conservatives Contest the Meaning of Independence 18461855 JAVIER RODRIGUEZ PINA
99
New Celebrations of Independence Puebla 1869 and Mexico City 1883 WILLIAM H BEEZLEY
129
The Capital Commemorates Independence at the Turn of the Century NORA PEREZRAYON E
139
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
197
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
249
Index
251
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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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