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By Heriberto Frias

This is the latest quantity in Oxford's acclaimed Library of Latin the US sequence. Tomochic is the fictitious narration of the army crusade which in October 1892 led to the bloodbath of the small village of Tomochic, ordered by means of the dictatorial regime of Porfirio Diaz. The paintings is narrated via an eyewitness, the then moment lieutenant Heriberto Frias, and written by way of him in collaboration with Joaquin Clausell, editor of the newspaper which released it in serial shape in 1983.

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1992). ) Tomóchic: La revolución adellantada (Ciudad Juárez, 1994); Saborit, Antonio, Los doblados de Tomóchic. Un episodio de historia y literatura (Mexico: Cal y Arena, 1994). Vanderwood again took up the theme in The Power of God and the Guns of Government: Religious Upheaval in Mexico at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (Stanford University Press, 1998). 2. For the details of Heriberto Frías’s military career, see Saborit, Los doblados de Tomóchic, pp. 55–74, 88–107, 137–148, and 165–169.

La rebelión de Tomochi (Chihuahua: Sociedad Chihuahense de Estudios Históricos, 1938); Chávez, Josè Carlos, Peleando en Tomochi (Ciudad Juárez: Imprenta Moderna, 1955); Chávez Calderón, Plácido, La defensa de Tomóchic (Mexico: Jus, 1964). Paul J. Vanderwood, who dedicated a few pages to the matter in Disorder and Progress: Bandits, Police and Mexican Development (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1981), took up the theme again in “None but the Justice of God; Tomóchic, 1891–1892” in Jaime O.

Their Winchesters are second nature to them. They’ve fought Apaches and outlaws their entire lives. They can run blindfolded through the mountains without faltering once. But they’re an ignorant, insolent lot. They’ve never been truly educated, but they’re determined to free themselves from the only two powers they’ve obeyed up to now: the clergy and the government. It’s a mad fixation with them. Where do they get these ideas? They refuse to recognize any authority; attempts have been made to reason with them, but they ask for the impossible.

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