Mexico : Emiliano Zapata

Lead: With a commitment to social justice, for which he gave his life, Emiliano Zapata became a hero of the Mexican Revolution. His rallying cry: “Land and Freedom.”

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Mexican Revolution was a lengthy political struggle that started in 1910 with the movement to overthrow dictator Porfirio Diaz. Diaz, the “Iron Man of Mexico,” had ruled for three decades. He had made vast improvements by modernizing national infrastructure and advancing economic development. Unfortunately, these improvements were enjoyed by a very few, wealthy aristocrats. They came at the expense of the vast majority of the population – neglecting social needs for the poor and human rights for all. The uneducated and impoverished had no voice or political influence. Naturally, resentment festered against the privileged – particularly wealthy landowners.

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