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Essay on the Mexican Revolution

            The Mexican Revolution was a revolution that proved that power can corrupt people; those that get power forget why they wanted it and betray the ones they once fought with. In this revolution, everybody turns against each other, and nobody can agree on anything. Even though it technically ended in 1911 with the overthrow of the President of Mexico, the violence that it caused went well into 1920. The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 when President Profiro Diaz' decades of ruling was challenged by the reformist writer and politician, Francisco Madero. .
             Diaz had been president from 1876. His reign was to be known as the "Porfiriato". Under his rule, Mexico became more industrial, with mines, plantations, telegraphs, and railroads, which brought an abundance of revenue to the country. However the lower class paid the price, with suppression and debt. People who were close friends of Diaz were extremely wealthy, and only a few families held most of Mexico's wealth. Diaz was able to stay in power for decades. However, at the start of the 20th century he started to lose Mexico. An economic recession caused people to lose their jobs. The population was unhappy and they demanded change (Minister). .
             An election was made in 1910. Diaz had expected that he was going to win the election unbiased and simple. He was shocked, however, when he found out that his opponent, Francisco Madero, would be likely to win. Madero was an activist who has a wealthy family. He claimed that he could communicate with spirits and ghosts. Madero also said that he did not have a plan; he just felt that someone else should rule instead of Diaz. Because of Madero's popularity, Diaz fixed the election by arresting Madero for supposedly planning an armed uprising. He was bailed out of prison by his father and went to San Antonio, Texas to watch Diaz "win" the election. Furious, Madero decided to start an armed uprising against Diaz; which, ironically, was exactly what Diaz had framed Madero for.

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