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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rocha, Christian
Author's Email Address christianrocha@uchicago.edu
URN etd-06082015-144909
Title The Indestructible Bond of Blood: Foreign Perceptions, Caricatures, and Visual Culture in the Mexican Press, 1898-1921
Degree Master of Arts
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Edward Wright-Rios Committee Chair
Paul A. Kramer Committee Member
  • anti-Americanism
  • liberalism
  • cartoons
  • visual history
Date of Defense 2015-05-05
Availability unrestricted
This paper explores how the Mexican press depicted foreigners between 1898 and 1921. By examining Mexican periodicals during the period preceding the nation’s post-revolutionary consolidation, I posit the notion that discursive changes in the depictions and valorization of foreigners paved the way for the nationalist cultural project of the 1920s and 30s. That is particularly true about the representations of Spain and the United States. A disenchantment with American ideals occurred just as an orthodox vision of Mexican liberalism entered decline. Conversely, Spain’s re-appreciation of Spain’s role as a “mother country” became more visible in the Mexican press in the first quarter of the 20th century. Ultimately, these attitudes dominated the press as the country embarked in a nationalist vision of state building.
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