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The First Centennial of the Independence in San Luis Potosi

A regional perspective

Detail, Woodcut, Plate no.83, El Nuevo Ejercito Nacional, Alberto Beltrán, from Estampas de la Revolución Mexicana: 85 Grabados de los Artistas del Taller de Gráfica Popular, Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, Mexico, 1947

This event is part of 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.

San Luis Potosi’s First Centennial celebration in 1910 was an example of how important national processes took place in Mexico’s regions during the Porfirian era in Mexico. Those festivities portrayed the national state’s consolidation and, at the same time, they show some critical signs of fissures on the centralized political model instituted by Porfirio Diaz’s regime. Why did the revolutionary outbreak happen in the same year? Why did an apparently weak upheaval finish the Diaz Regime so quickly? Interesting clues might be found at the regional level, and specifically San Luis’s study case would be an important piece of such a puzzle.

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