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The Cristeros



     Don Mabry points out that, as is always the case, history is distorted:
     Many years ago I wrote a little historiographical essay on the church-state conflict in Mexico in the 1920s. "Mexican Anticlerics, Bishops, Cristeros, and the Devout in the 1920s: A Scholarly Debate," Journal of Church and State (Winter, 1978),81-92. One point I tried to make is that scholarly interpretations were political.  
     As is often the case with civil wars (and the cristero rebellion was a civil war), all the sides committed atrocities. The cristero rebellion had a number of actors and it was not simply the government against a group of Catholics.
     Textbooks are also political. We have had textbook "wars" in the United States. Many years ago, the market for U.S. history textbook was bifurcated with different treatments of some subjects for the textbooks headed for the South. Also, all regions supported what was then the politically correct view that African Americans just loved slavery. More recently, U.S. textbooks and national standards for the teaching of U.S. became controversial in some quarters as conservatives tried to impose their politically correct view and rid the nation of what they saw as the liberals' politically correct view.
     Whatever Mexicans do (and it is there business), they are not acting too differently from what others do. Everyone wants to control history. 

Ronald Hilton - 5/24/00


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