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Setting the Virgin on Fire: Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán Peasants and the Redemption of the Mexican Revolution Paperback – January 4, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0520084193 ISBN-10: 0520084195

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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (January 4, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520084195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520084193
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Becker offers some arresting examples, anecdotes and recollections, drawn from archival sources, and above all, oral interviews. The book sheds light on rural politics, the role of gender, revolutionary anticlericalism and popular Catholicism."--"Times Literary Supplement

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"A major work in the field of Mexican revolutionary and gender studies. Becker is an indefatigable fieldworker; the array and richness of her archival and oral sources is simply astonishing."—Gilbert M. Joseph, author of Revolution from Without

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By palomita56 on May 19, 2012
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A must-read for all interested in 20th century Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. It captures the essentials of Mexican women, culture, campesinos, the revolution, and the era beautifully with a historical, social and political equipoise. The poeticism of Becker's prose truly examines the lives and society of Michoacán's rich (and often undiscussed) 20th century history at a profound level. This book is compulsory to anyone's Latin American book collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lucyloo on May 17, 2012
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Interweaves extensive primary and secondary research. Analysis is both provocative and poetic; Becker's distinctive voice leavens discerning analysis with freshness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sara A. Wooten on May 16, 2012
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Becker's talents as a writer and a very skilled and untiring researcher are clearly apparent in this book. Her gift for bringing poetry and musicality to her prose is a delight, and a sure source of pleasure for her readers. Along with her immaculate research, Becker's deeply felt passion for her subject provides all the makings for an outstanding history. Setting the Virgin on Fire will open its readers' hearts and minds. Truly a special book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zapata332 on June 2, 2012
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This essential, beautifully written work on the Mexican Revolution in the state of Michoacán explores--in original fashion--the inner lives of both revolutionaries and counterrevolutionaries. Becker demonstrates how peasant women, men, and Amerindians in Michoacán during the 1930s could alternately support, reject, and/or influence from below the "high" revolutionary projects imagined by elites in Mexico City. In poetic fashion Becker reminds us that, to paraphrase Salvador Allende, everyday people make history.
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