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Revolution within the RevolutionCotton Textile Workers and the Mexican Labor Regime, 1910–1923$
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Jeffrey Bortz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758062

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758062.001.0001

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The Beginning of the Workers' Revolution, 1910–1912

The Beginning of the Workers' Revolution, 1910–1912

(p.83) Chapter 4 The Beginning of the Workers' Revolution, 1910–1912
Revolution within the Revolution
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This chapter discusses the beginning of the workers' revolution. Madero's challenge to Díaz led to a rapid unionization of the largest and most important mills in 1910–11. Unionization and the weakening of central authority brought the first general strike in Mexican history in December 1911. In a historic moment, textile workers successfully shut down the industry. The government responded in July 1912 by convening a meeting of textile industrialists to solve the industry's labor problems. At the meeting, industrialists and government officials drafted the first industry-wide collective contract in Mexican history. Convinced they had won the general strike, textile workers continued to pursue changes in the mills, carrying out important strikes and labor actions throughout 1912 and 1913.

Keywords:   workers' revolution, Mexico, textile mills, unionization, collective contract, general strike, textile workers

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