Subversive Historian 12/29/08

Praxedis Guerrero Dies on his Feet

Ninety-eight years ago on this day in people’s history, Mexican revolutionary Praxedis G. Guerrero died on his feet. On December 29th 1910, the anarchist contemporary of the Flores Magon brothers was killed fighting federal troops in Janos, Chihuahua in the course of the Mexican revolution. All too often overlooked by history, Guerrero left his privileged background as a son of a hacendado, to dedicate his life to the winds of change that swept Mexico. Gifted with the pen, he wrote poetically about revolution in the pages of Regeneracion in addition to other newspapers. It was Guerrero who first said “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees,” and held true to his word dying for what he believed in.

Also on this day in people’s history, Ernesto “Che” Guevara derailed a military supplies train fifty years ago in Santa Clara helping him win his greatest victory in the Cuban revolution. Today also marks the birthday of your subversive historian, making it truly one of the most subversive days in history!

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One response to “Subversive Historian 12/29/08

  1. Rest in Power Praxedis Guerrero (what a cool first name).

    And Happy Birthday!

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