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Plate 12: Mucho pulque y poca tinta. El método del caciquismo porfiriano (from the portfolio Estampas de la Revolución Mexicana)

Plate 12: Mucho pulque y poca tinta. El método del caciquismo porfiriano (from the portfolio Estampas de la Revolución Mexicana)

Translation:Plate 12: Lots of Pulque and Little Ink, was the Method of Domination and Influence of the Porfiriato Tyranny (from the portfolio Prints of the Mexican Revolution)
Artist: Everardo Ramírez (Mexican, 1906 - 1992)
Publisher: Taller de Gráfica Popular (Mexican, founded 1937)
Date: printed 1947
Medium: linocut
Dimensions:
Image: 8 1/2 × 11 7/8 in. (21.6 × 30.2 cm)
Support: 10 5/8 × 15 5/8 in. (27 × 39.7 cm)
Classification: Graphic
Credit Line: Gift of the Don Pierce Estate, 2015
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2015.29.47
Description
Historical text from the accompanying booklet reads as: La cultura fue un concepto ignorado por los hacendados y caciques. Era preciso mantener en la mayor ignorancia a los campesinos, con el objeto de que no se dieran cuenta de las miserables condiciones en que vivían. En las “tiendas de raya” se les daba alcohol en lugar de satisfactores económicos, se les embrutecía con toda mala fe y después los “ideólogos” del porfirismo afirmaban que el indio no servía para nada y que, por lo tanto, era preferible su extinción. Alberto Morales Jimenez. Translation: The concept of education was ignored by the landowners and caciques (tyrants). It was necessary to keep the peasants ignorant so they would not realize the miserable conditions in which they lived. Purposely, instead of providing the essentials and to keep them oblivious, alcohol was charged to their accounts in the tiendas de raya (company stores). The “ideologists” of the Porfiriato would then affirm that the Indian was worthless and therefore their elimination was preferable. Translated by Aída Wester, Intern 2017.
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