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PostFrancisco I Madero: Milquetoast Romantic? From Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA, 09/06/18 5:15 pm)
Gary Moore writes:
Patrick Mears's valuable insight (Sept 5) into the Madero family of Mexican Revolution fame, added to Richard Hancock's earlier reflections, raises a central question about Francisco I. Madero, the Mexican icon who opened the Revolution in 1910 but was soon betrayed and assassinated.
History's glimpses of Madero foster suspicions that he was a milquetoast parlor romantic: the belief in the spirit world, the handing out of chocolates to crowds of children, the ignominious end when more pragmatic men got rough. But with all this there remains the other suspicion, that the rough guys were distorting the image of something elusive: the best face of noblesse oblige aristocracy. Pat's behind-the-scenes look at a gracious and disciplined family gives weight to the latter exoneration. Mexico could use some real, rather than fake heroes, and it would be nice to think that there was more to Madero than dopey seances.
JE comments: The Mexican Revolution may ring esoteric to some ears, but all the elements are there: class warfare, modernization vs tradition, democracy vs authoritarianism, and no small amount of US interference. Madero was overthrown and assassinated by the beastly Victoriano Huerta with the approval of US Ambassador Henry Lane Wilson. No one could express the events more clearly and succinctly than Prof. Hilton himself (in 2001):