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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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Challenging Authority, 1912–1916

Challenging Authority, 1912–1916

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(p.113) Chapter 5 Challenging Authority, 1912–1916
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Revolution within the Revolution
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758062.003.0005

This chapter demonstrates how a broad but thin workers' movement evolved into a true social revolution in the workplace, which is to say, a generalized challenge to the authority of owners at work. The initial push was broad because the 1912 general strike essentially shut down the entire Mexican cotton textile industry. It was thin because it sought traditional laborite goals, wages, and hours of work. That is why the owners could easily cede these points. Even during the early revolution, however, workplace issues came to the fore. As the revolution progressed, as no strong state came to the fore, as workers gained increasing self-confidence, mill hands came to believe that their labor organizations could replace capital as the dominant power at work.

Keywords:   workers' revolution, social revolution, general strike, textile workers, Mexican cotton textile industry

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