“God knows how long we will remain here”: Cristero Longing and Activism in Los Angeles during the Cristero Rebellion and La Segunda, 1926–1936
Andy Aguilera, PhD candidate, Department of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and SAR’s 2021 Mellon fellow.
Between 1926 and 1929, militant Catholics protested the implementation of anti-clerical policies codified in the Mexican Constitution of 1917 by waging war against federal forces. The Cristero Rebellion illustrated that the revolution’s ideals were not uniformly celebrated and that definitions of patria remained polarizing. In the United States, the revolutionary era also helped shape US-Mexico borderland communities through the exponential growth of Mexican migration during this period. Seeking to escape the instability in Mexico, this “revolutionary diaspora” brought their ideas of the revolution with them and, more broadly, articulated their notions of mexicanidad in these new spaces. Focusing on the Cristero Rebellion in Los Angeles from the intimate viewpoint of a Cristero family and the formation of the Comité Popular de Defensa Mexicana, Aguilera illustrates how Cristero refugees, exiles, and migrants negotiated their cultural identities through their longing for and ideas of a true Mexican patria.
This event is part of the 2021 fall scholar colloquia series.
Each year, incoming resident scholars introduce their work to the SAR community through a presentation and Q&A. This year’s talks are hosted online and continue to be free and open to the public. Registration is required.
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