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The Making of LawThe Supreme Court and Labor Legislation in Mexico, 1875-1931$
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William Suarez-Potts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775519

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775519.001.0001

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The Rights of Free Labor, 1875–1910

The Rights of Free Labor, 1875–1910

(p.24) Chapter 1 The Rights of Free Labor, 1875–1910
The Making of Law
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This chapter focuses on the constitution of 1857 that largely comprised the law affecting labor relations in Mexico during the administration of Porfirio Díaz. It also examines some of the debates about free labor among the delegates who drafted the constitution, along with relevant provisions of the civil and penal codes. The chapter concludes by discussing a symposium held in 1875 on the right to strike, when speakers construed that the constitution with the penal code affirmed the right of workers to strike peacefully. The speakers insisted that both the constitution and the codes could be used as a basis for maintaining the rights of free labor; the liberal ideology prevalent in Mexico under Díaz's regime encompassed a vision of the free laborer.

Keywords:   Mexico, free labor, constitution, Porfirio Díaz, labor relations, right to strike, penal code, civil code

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