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The Mexican Revolution

The film titled The Storm that Swept Mexico is a documentary on the events of the Mexican Revolution. The revolution was a radical movement that significantly transformed the political life in Mexico and North America. Historical circumstances leading to the revolution included the dictatorship of President Porfirio Diaz; economic inequality; and the exploitation of Mexican workers. While the Porfirio Diaz activities and the Mexicanidad events triggered the Mexican revolution, La Reforma implemented by the leadership political systems of the nation and the rights of the citizens.

Portifirio Diaz

The dictatorship style or rule adopted by Portifirio Diaz instigated the revolution. The president has ruled the country for over 30 years and was unwilling to leave power. His policies and administrative strategies favored the industrialists and wealthy merchants intensifying the disparities among the poor and the rich. Even though Diaz assured the Mexicans of a fair and democratic election, he conducted a mock process that ended with the arrest of his major competitor, Francisco Madero. His actions resulted in the mobilization of the revolution that would see him resign. The adoption of an autocratic ruling system and the repression of the subjects by President Diaz were the main cause of the revolution.


Serving as a scientist in the era of President Porfirio Diaz, Cientifico followed a positivism philosophy in addressing national issues. He rejected idealism and believed that the application of practical methods in resolving industrialization, finance, and social science issues was more suitable. Further, Cientifico believed that dictatorship was an effective way of avoiding anarchy. Thus, he preferred the policies and approaches implemented by Diaz. His influence and intellect contributed to his popularity among the population. However, upon the fall of the Diaz regime, Clentificos was rejected for having embraced the ruling approached of the dictator.


The revolution was characterized by protests from various groups in Mexico. Mexicanidad was one such protest that involved the communication of anti-foreign sentiments against the immigrants. The Chinese in Mexico were accused of depriving Mexicans of jobs and women due to their high number and industrious nature. The rebellion was focused on the murders and destruction of Chinese properties. The protest led to the massacre and decimation of more than 200 Chinese. The Mexicanidad incident marked the initial step towards the accomplishment of the revolution goals.

La Reforma

La Reforma was the social and political revolution witnessed in Mexico after the removal of dictators. The new generation consisting of Benot Juarez focused on drafting a constitution that was intended to restore democracy in Mexico. The reforms limited the power of the church and placed a decisive control over the army. Moreover, the reforms led to the abolishment of hereditary titles that were embraced by the dictators. In addition to enhancing the democracy of the nation, the reforms offered a genuine bill of rights to the Mexicans.


The dictatorship embraced by Porfirio Diaz and the support he received from educationists such as Clentificos resulted in the Mexican revolution. The event was followed by the fight against Chinese immigrants during the Mexicanidad period. The reforms adopted later on, by the incoming leaders not only focused on abolishing the dictactorship but also offered maximum protection to the rights of the citizens. 

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