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A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed

Updated: August 30, 2019

Selected titles from the Los Angeles Public Library collection about the Mexican Revolution. A companion reading list to A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed, which was an exhibit of photographs, maps, and other artifacts that documented a country at war, and was on view in the Getty Gallery at Central Library from Sept. 8, 2011-June 3, 2012.

Black and brown : African Americans and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920
Horne, Gerald.
Call Number: 972.08 H815
Interesting examination of the role of African American soldiers in the revolution including the improved race relations between the revolutionaries and their African American compatriots.

The children of the Revolucion : how the Mexican Revolution changed America
Call Number: 972.08 C5365 folio

The Mexican Revolution took place during 1910 to 1920 and over one million people left Mexico and many of them came to the United States. This book is a companion to a documentary, Children of the Revolución: How the Mexican Revolution Changed America's Destiny. Numerous historical black and white photographs accompany remembrances of the early immigrants and their descendants.

Emiliano Zapata : revolution & betrayal in Mexico
Brunk, Samuel, 1959-
Call Number: 92 Z35Br
A scholarly and well-researched study of the man behind the myth. This work puts aside the legend and looks at the success or lack of success of Zapata's struggle for land reform and social justice for the underclasses in Mexico.

Here's to you, Jesusa!
Poniatowska, Elena.
Based on the life of Josefina Borquez, a working-class woman whose difficult life spanned some of the seminal events in early 20th century Mexican history. Poniatowska's Jesusa is a tough, coarse-mouthed, cantankerous character who pushes contradiction to its limits. (Fiction)

Insurgent Mexico
Reed, John, 1887-1920.
Call Number: 972.08 R324 2006
In modern day parlance Reed was "embedded" with soldiers of Pancho Villa's armies as they advanced on Mexico City. The essays give a gritty and accurate picture of what life was like amongst the soldiers who fought the revolution.

Las soldaderas : women of the Mexican Revolution
Poniatowska, Elena.
Call Number: 972.08 P797
Passionate descriptions of the essential role of women in the Mexican Revolution, a story that has been mostly forgotten or ignored by historians. Brief, but enhanced by many fascinating photographs.

The life and times of Pancho Villa
Katz, Friedrich.
Call Number: 972.08 K19-1
Lengthy (almost a thousand pages) but extremely readable biography of the enigmatic Villa that pulls no punches but gets to the heart of the man and Mexico during the revolution.

The Mexican Revolution
Gilly, Adolfo.
Call Number: 972.08 G485 2005
A solid and mostly political look at the revolution from 1910 to 1920 with care taken to point out the reasons for failure in Zapata and Villa's fight to gain equality for the working people in the north and south of Mexico.

The Mexican Revolution
Frost, Mary Pierce, 1961-
Call Number: 972.08 F939
Well-organized and comprehensive young adult book in straight chronological order with copious illustrations. Ideal resource for mid-level school assignments.

The Mexican Revolution, 1910-1940
Gonzales, Michael J., 1946-
Call Number: 972.08 G6425
A broad scope view of the causes and effects of the revolution that is suitable for college or even high school Mexican history courses.

Mexicans in revolution, 1910-1946 : an introduction
Beezley, William H.
Call Number: 972.08 B415-1
Concise and scholarly work focusing on the groups within the revolution and how they contributed to the reforms that ensued from the great sacrifices that were made by the Mexican people including two million lives lost.

Mexico, the revolution and beyond : photographs by Agustín Víctor Casasola, 1900-1940
Casasola, Agusti?n Vi?ctor, 1874-1938.
Call Number: 770.9174 C335-2 folio
An intimate look at the Mexican revolution through tremendously evocative photo essays by the great photographer Casasola who traveled the length and breadth of Mexico to capture these moments.

On the road to find out
Toor, Rachel.
Call Number: YA

Alice Evelyn Davis, seventeen, has generally gotten all she wants from life but when her college of choice rejects her, problems with her best friend arise, and she faces an unexpected loss, her new-found interest in running helps get her through.

The shadow
Paredes, Ame?rico.
Antonio Cuitla has a date with destiny, but it is not the showdown the once-fierce revolutionary expects. Is Antonio's battle with a would-be assassin or with Death itself? (Fiction)

The underdogs
Azuela, Mariano, 1873-1952.
Call Number: Ed.a
This book takes a realistic and gritty look at a band of fighters during the Mexican Revolution.

Villa and Zapata : a history of the Mexican Revolution
McLynn, Frank.
Call Number: 972.08 M166 2002
Comprehensive examination of the struggle through the biographies of two of the key figures in the Mexican Revolution.

The years with Laura Díaz
Fuentes, Carlos.
The action begins in the state of Veracruz and then moves to Mexico City, tracing a migration during the Revolution and its aftermath that is an important element in Laura Diaz's life as well as in Mexico's history. (Fiction)

Zapata and the Mexican Revolution
Womack, John, 1937-
Call Number: 972.08 W872 1970
Highly regarded and definitive study of the man who represented the "people of the fields" and his role in the ultimate outcome of the revolution.