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date: 17 April 2024

José Vasconcelos, National Education, and Revolutionary Culture in Mexicolocked

José Vasconcelos, National Education, and Revolutionary Culture in Mexicolocked

  • William BeezleyWilliam BeezleyDepartment of History, University of Arizona

Summary

As Mexico’s minister of public education from 1921 to 1924, José Vasconcelos played a prominent role in efforts to create a new national identity expressing the 1910 Revolution’s goals of an inclusive society and equitable nation, opportunities created through education, and shared cultural expressions. Vasconcelos has been widely praised for his educational campaigns, especially in the countryside, among indigenous communities, and for his literacy programs in the city. According to these recent interpretations, his efforts as minister of public education have been both over- and underestimated. Nevertheless, the revolutionary national identity that he helped to foster with his discussion of mestizaje in La Raza Cósmica (The Cosmic Race; 1925) has since been ingrained into everyday life and culture.

Subjects

  • History of Mexico
  • Cultural History
  • Indigenous History

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