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Making the World Safe for WorkersLabor, the Left, and Wilsonian Internationalism$
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Elizabeth McKillen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037870

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037870.001.0001

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The Mexican Revolution as Catalyst

The Mexican Revolution as Catalyst

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(p.23) Chapter 1 The Mexican Revolution as Catalyst
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Making the World Safe for Workers
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Elizabeth McKillen

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037870.003.0002

This chapter explores how the Mexican revolution helped to catalyze a debate within U.S. labor, Socialist, and immigrant Left circles over Woodrow Wilson's internationalist principles that would grow significantly in the coming years. It shows that most labor and Socialist participants in the debate over U.S. foreign policy toward Mexico converged in trying to prevent a U.S. military occupation of Mexico. It also considers the reactions of groups such as the American Federation of Labor (AFL), the United Mine Workers of America, Partido Liberal Mexicano, Industrial Workers of the World, and the Socialist Party regarding Wilson's claim that his military interventions in Mexico were designed to help the Mexican people rather than to protect American corporate interests. Finally, it discusses the disagreements among labor and Socialist groups over a host of issues, such as whether industrial democracy or an end to imperialism could be achieved within a capitalist context.

Keywords:   military intervention, Mexican revolution, Left, Woodrow Wilson, foreign policy, Mexico, American Federation of Labor, United Mine Workers of America, Partido Liberal Mexicano, Socialist Party

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