Lázaro Cárdenas and the post Revolution Reforms in Mexico

Who was Lázaro Cárdenas? He was the President of Mexico from 1935 to 1940. He was said to be one of the most honest and dedicated of all Mexican presidents.  During his campaign, he visited many rural villages and towns, the likes of which had a never before seen a presidential candidate far less a […]

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PARAGUAY AND THE WAR OF THE TRIPLE ALLIANCE- Part 2

  The Importance of River Access: How Geopolitics Provoked the War of the Triple Alliance   Last week we started our exploration of the Paraguayan War and how river access was of vital importance to the landlocked nation. Remember, in 1850, Brazilian ships were granted free navigation along the Paraguay River.  In exchange, Paraguay wanted […]

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Paraguay and the War of the Triple Alliance – Part 1

War of the triple alliance

  History is rife with wars and struggles and Latin American history significantly so.  A couple weeks ago we covered the story of Mexican independence.  In the year 1821, several Latin American countries gained their independence from Spain.  That, however, was just one more step in their stories.  After achieving independence most of Latin America […]

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Mexican Independence Day – September 16

Hidalgo and Mexican Independence

Mexican Independence Day celebrations begin at 11:00 p.m. on the night of September 15.  The sitting President of Mexico reenacts the Grito de Dolores from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City.  The President even rings the very same bell that was rung by Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla as part of his […]

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Hispanic and Latino: What’s the difference?

You’ve heard the terms Latin American, Hispanic and Latino.  Some might believe that they’re pretty much the same… they are NOT.  So what is Latin America? And where does the term “Hispanic” fit in? Take a look at this… A Haitian or person of Haitian descent can be called a Latin American.  A Brazilian or […]

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The Gender Constructs of Marianismo and Machismo and the Roles of La Malinche and the Virgen de Guadalupe (Part III)

  In Part 1 of this topic, we defined and compared Machismo and Marianismo.  In Part 2 we discussed the history and symbolism of La Virgen de Guadalupe.  In this third and final segment we will explore the second archetype against which women are judged: La Malinche.   Who was La Malinche? La Malinche (or Malinalli or Malintzin as […]

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The Gender Constructs of Marianismo and Machismo and the Roles of La Malinche and the Virgen de Guadalupe (Part II)

In Part 1 of this topic, we defined and compared Machismo and Marianismo.  In Parts 2  and 3 we’ll discuss the two archetypes against which women are judged: La Virgen de Guadalupe and La Malinche.  In academic literature they are sometimes referred to as the ‘saint’ and the ‘whore’ respectively.   Women are either perfectly godly or seductively […]

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The Gender Constructs of Marianismo and Machismo and the Roles of La Malinche and the Virgen de Guadalupe (Part I)

  One of the topics we cover in Intro to Latin American Studies is Gender in Latin America.  Of course, this is a huge topic, upon which many research studies, books, thesis papers and projects have been based.  To break down the subject matter a little, we usually address four concepts and, around them, fit […]

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