Celebrating Insurrection


Celebrating Insurrection

The Commemoration and Representation of the Nineteenth-Century Mexican Pronunciamiento

Edited and with an introduction by Will Fowler

The Mexican Experience Series

360 pages
1 chronology


January 2013


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"A solid addition to the study of postindependence Mexico."—Choice

About the Book

The pronunciamiento, a formal list of grievances designed to spark political change in nineteenth-century Mexico, was a problematic yet necessary practice. Although pronunciamientos rarely achieved the goals for which they were undertaken and sometimes resulted in armed rebellion, they were nonetheless both celebrated and commemorated, and the perceptions and representations of pronunciamientos themselves reflected the Mexican people’s response to these “revolutions.”

The third in a series of books examining the pronunciamiento, this collection addresses the complicated legacy of pronunciamientos and their place in Mexican political culture. The essays explore the sacralization and legitimization of these revolts and of their leaders in the nation’s history and consider why these celebrations proved ultimately ineffective in consecrating the pronunciamiento as a force for good, rather than one motivated by desires for power, promotion, and plunder. Celebrating Insurrection offers readers interpretations of acts of celebration and commemoration that explain the uneasy adoption of pronunciamientos as Mexico’s preferred means of effecting political change during this turbulent period in the nation’s history.

Author Bio

Will Fowler is a professor of Latin American Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the editor of Forceful Negotiations: The Origins of the Pronunciamiento in Nineteenth-Century Mexico and Malcontents, Rebels, and Pronunciados: The Politics of Insurrection in Nineteenth-Century Mexico, and the author of Santa Anna of Mexico, all available from the University of Nebraska Press.


"A solid addition to the study of postindependence Mexico."—Choice

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Damned and the Venerated: The Memory, Commemoration, and the Representation of the Nineteenth-Century Mexican Pronunciamiento, Will Fowler
Chronology of Main Events and Pronunciamientos, 1821-1910
1. The Memory and Representation of Rafael del Riego’s Pronunciamiento in Constitutional New Spain and within the Iturbide Movement, 1820-1821, Rodrigo Moreno Gutiérrez
2. The Damned Man with the Venerated Plan: The Complex Legacies of Agustín de Iturbide and the Iguala Plan, Richard A. Warren
3. Refrescos, Iluminaciones and Te Deums: Celebrating Pronunciamientos in Jalisco in 1823 and 1832, Rosie Doyle
4. The Political Life of Executed Pronunciados. The Representation and Memory of José Márquez and Joaquín Gárate’s 1830 Pronunciamiento of San Luis, Kerry McDonald
5. Memory and Manipulation: The Lost Cause of the Santiago Imán Pronunciamiento, Shara Ali
6. Salvas, Cañonazos y Repiques: Celebrating the Pronunciamiento during the U.S.-Mexican War, Pedro Santoni
7. Contemporary Verdicts on the Pronunciamiento during the Early National Period, Melissa Boyd
8. The Crumbling of a “Hero.” Ignacio Comonfort from Ayutla to Tacubaya, Antonia Pi-Suñer Llorens
9. Porfirio Díaz and the Representations of the Second of April, Verónica Zárate Toscano
10. Juan Bustamante’s Pronunciamiento and the Civic Speeches That Condemned It. San Luis Potosí, 1868-1869, Flor de María Salazar Mendoza
11. “As Empty a Piece of Gasconading Stuff As I Have Ever Read”: The Pronunciamiento through Foreign Eyes, Will Fowler


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