Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Lecture: "The Bishop, 'the Beast', and Indigenous Catholics in the Post-Revolutionary Huasteca"

Thu, October 3, 2013 | GAR 4.100

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

During the 1920s, Bishop José de Jesús Manríquez Zárate built his newly minted Diocese of Huejutla (Hidalgo state, Mexico) into a showcase of social Catholicism. He ministered to his Nahua "inditos" while blessing the tithes and labor drafts that sustained a racialized social hierarchy. To counter his Catholic indigenism, radical federal teachers used his diocese as a revolutionary testing ground for their brand of indigenism and defanatization. School Inspector Francisco Zárate founded schools and tried to advance agrarian reform. But his iconoclasm and treatment of female students seemed to confirm Catholics’ worst fears about federal teachers’ true intentions. As a result, Catholic mass mobilization complicated efforts to dismantle cacicazgos, and helped doom Cardenas' revolutionary project.

Ben Fallaw completed his doctorate under the direction of Friedrich Katz at the University of Chicago in 1995. He is currently associate professor at Colby College, where he teaches Latin American History in the Latin American Studies Program. Fallaw recently published Religion and State Formation in Postrevolutionary Mexico, Forced Marches: Soldiers and Military Caciques in Modern Mexico (with Terry Rugeley), and “The Seduction of Revolution” in JLAS. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled “Between the Maya and the Mexican Revolution: Bartolomé García Correa and Mestizo Politics” for The University of Texas Press.

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