Not just a Mexican affair
Revolutions have and continue to occur in multiple contexts all over the world and as informed citizens, we should be familiar with the characteristics that typically proceed and surround revolution, particularly as they relate to human rights and social injustice.
Why study revolutions?
In light of what is going on in in the world today, it is important that we understand how social movements and revolution have long been driving forces behind political, social, and cultural action and change. From the U.S. Civil Rights movement of the 60s to the recent and unpredicted "Arab Spring," the extraordinary mobilization of ordinary people is routinely credited with fundamentally re-shaping societal institutions--the economy, religion, policy, gender roles, race relations, and even the environment.
Think about it...
Do we know how social movements begin? Why might they become revolutionary? Can they make a difference in the societies they target? What are some general patterns of revolutionary waves? What are some mechanisms that allow them spread? How do you think modern day technology, the internet, and communication will impact the pace or strengths of future revolutions?
This activity is designed to answer the following essential question. Make sure to keep it in mind while analyzing all of the sources!
What are the social and political causes of the Zapatista movement and in what ways are they similar to and different from other revolutions you have studied?
Below are a few photos from some recent revolutions across the globe
Disclaimer: The development of social hierarchies and the oppression and repression of particular groups occur over time and are rooted in complex power struggles. So, while the stated goals of a movement are often "achieved", it important to understand that full social (De Facto) equality, if ever accomplished, may take generations to come about. Why do you think that is the case?