!Viva Mexico! !Viva la Independencia! Celebrations of September 16 examines the Independence holiday, exploring how this most important public festival in the civic calendar has given Mexicans a rich tradition of national celebration that is part creation myth, part official pomp, and part popular merrymaking. The editors examine how Independence Day festivities have provided a medium for informal education, sketching on the canvas of the public sphere national values, glorifying specific historical events and individuals, and celebrating government plans and achievements. Since 1823, this festival has served as an essential contribution to the conversion of Mexicans to common ideals, as people across the country express their national identity with the cry, "!Viva Mexico! !Viva la Independencia!"
William H. Beezley is professor of history at the University of Arizona. David E. Lorey is program officer for Latin America at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Functions of Patriotic Ceremony in Mexico Chapter 2 Images of Independence in the Nineteenth Century: The Grito de Dolores, History and Myth Chapter 3 The Junta Patriotica and the Celebration of Independence in Mexico City, 1825-1855 Chapter 4 The First Independence Celebrations in San Luis Potosi, 1824-1847 Chapter 5 San Angel as the Site of National Festivals in the 1860s Chapter 6 Conservatives Contest the Meaning of Independence, 1846-1855 Chapter 7 New Celebrations of Independence: Puebla (1869) and Mexico City (1883) Chapter 8 The Capital Commemorates Independence at the Turn of the Century Chapter 9 1910 Mexico City: Space and Nation in the City of the Centenario Chapter 10 The 1921 Centennial Celebration of Mexico's Independence: State Building and Popular Negotiation Chapter 11 Postrevolutionary Contexts for Independence Day: The "Problem" of Order and the Invention of Revolution Day, 1920s-1940s Chapter 12 Suggested Readings Chapter 13 About the Editors and Contributors Chapter 14 Index