While doing preliminary research on the general topic of the Mexican Cristero War, skimming Jean Meyers’s The Cristero Rebellion, I found this observation: “There remained one unknown factor of which nobody spoke, and which nobody appeared to remember, which everybody underestimated at least—the attitude of the Christian people. In the course of the summer of 1926 it was the people who, little by little, came to the forefront of events, while behind the scenes the government and the bishops continued their negotiations” (47).
With this in mind, I analyze dpublic discourse surrounding the conflict between Church and State in Mexico during the summer of 1926 (prelude to the Cristero War). My goal was to examine how popular anxiety crystallized into spontaneous, bottom-up mobilization at the time of, in particular, the Mexican Episcopacy’s closure and the federal government’s takeover of churches on the traumatic “nightmare of 31 July”—the significance being to gain a better understanding of the attitude and agency of the Christian/Catholic laypeople in what was seen in early 1926 as a primarily institutional conflict.
I took an undergraduate research seminar on Modern Latin American History. The final product: a paper on the 1926-1929 Cristero Rebellion in Mexico. I’ve included the paper as a PDF file here, since it’s length and abundance of footnotes makes a series of blog posts prohibitive.
The finished paper can be found at the link below, or at the Research paper (see links bar above the Scattering header)
And– this is original primary source research, and my beloved child, so please do be careful with citations:
Los Fieles: Faith, Anxiety, and Prejudice in the Press During Mexico’s “Religious Crisis,” February-July 1926
Mexico City newspapers El Universal and El Excélsior; Guadalajara newspaper El Informador; New York Commonweal and Literary Digest; academic journalCurrent History. In most cases, February, July, and August 1926 issues were used.