The Revolution mobilized millions of people who probably would never left their village were it not for the arrival of the revolutionary armies. Masses of men, women, and children traveled the width and breadth of the country during the revolutionary decade of 1910- 1920. Some were revolutionaries who intentionally joined the Revolution for a variety of reasons (land, liberty, social justice, etc.) but others were “revolutionized,” swept up into the occupying armies before they knew what happened. Perusing the photography of the Revolution, one is struck by how young the revolutionaries were, so many were adolescents and even children. For example, president Lázaro Cárdenas (1934-1940) joined the Revolution when he was 17 years old and became a general by age 25.
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