The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970

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politics played in handicapping the early researchers and in staying
the development of mineral deposits. Those who read the book will
appreciate the appendix and the bibliography.
Austin, Texas Ross A. MAXWELL
Barbarous Mexico. By John Kenneth Turner. Introduction by Sinclair
Snow. (Austin, University of Texas Press, 1969. Pp. xxix+322.
Photographs, index. $7.50.)
With Beauregard in Mexico. Edited by T. Harry Williams. (New York:
Da Capo Press, 1969. Pp. ix+ 15. Illustrations, appendix, index.
$10o.oo00.)
The Movement for the Acquisition of All Mexico. By John D. P.
Fuller. (New York: Da Capo Press, 1969. Pp. 174. Bibliography,
index.)
A formidable David Siqueiros portrait of straining masses of the
Mexican Revolution of 1 91o gives artistic and dramatic impact to
this new edition of Barbarous Mexico. Gracing the title page, the
painting (the original is a mural in Chapultepec Castle) depicts among
the crowds various leaders of the revolt against the real and fancied
oppression of the Diaz Regime. Among those leaders so portrayed is
the author, John Kenneth Turner, who wrote this impassioned, jour-
nalistic, bare-fisted account of reportedly reprehensible social and
political conditions that existed in certain parts of Mexico, conditions
that were approved or at least condoned by the Diaz administration.
An edition was originally published at the beginning of the Mex-
ican Revolution of 1910. Itself a reprint of articles published in a
variety of journals, Turner's book made an immediate impression in
the supercharged political atmosphere of revolutionary Mexican in-
tellectuals who had been plotting revolt in Mexico for years. Com-
mentators in Mexico and abroad for some time to come were to argue
its merits, most generally in agreement with the notion that, though
overstated, there must be some truth to charges levied against the Diaz
regime which had been in absolute power since 1876. The book has
recently been translated into Spanish in Mexico.
There is no need to comment on the content of the book itself. Suf-
fice it to remind readers that it is a towering indictment against the
Porfiriato, particularly in the area of debt slaves and debt prisoners.

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