This event opens a fall lecture series held in conjunction with the exhibit Stories & Music of the Revolution: A Commemorative Exhibit on the Centennial of Mexico’s Revolution in Special Collections.
Mexicans initiated the world's First Social Revolution beginning November 20, 1910 to provide everyone with land in the country or jobs in the city, housing, food, education, health services, and equal justice. Obregón, Calles, Zapata, Villa, Cárdenas, and others, made it clear they would eliminate institutions and individuals, especially foreign investors, Catholic priests, and large landowners, who stood in the way of these programs. The young, uneducated, but ambitious men and women from all social classes and ethnic groups who formed the revolutionaries wanted to eliminate poverty in both its economic and cultural meanings for the entire nation. Their achievements, despite violence, assassination, and civil war that divided them, were so fundamental that many are taken for granted today.