An international history of radical movements and their convergences during the Mexican Revolution
The Mexican Revolution was a global event that catalyzed international radicals in unexpected sites and struggles. Tracing the paths of figures like Black American artist Elizabeth Catlett, Indian anti-colonial activist M.N. Roy, Mexican revolutionary leader Ricardo Flores Magón, Okinawan migrant organizer Paul Shinsei Kōchi, and Soviet feminist Alexandra Kollontai, Arise! reveals how activists around the world found inspiration and solidarity in revolutionary Mexico.
From art collectives and farm worker strikes to prison "universities," Arise! reconstructs how this era's radical organizers found new ways to fight global capitalism. Drawing on prison records, surveillance data, memoirs, oral histories, visual art, and a rich trove of untapped sources, Christina Heatherton considers how disparate revolutionary traditions merged in unanticipated alliances. From her unique vantage point, she charts the remarkable impact of the Mexican Revolution as radicals in this critical era forged an anti-racist internationalism from below.
About the Author
Christina Heatherton is Elting Associate Professor of American Studies and Human Rights at Trinity College, Connecticut. She is coeditor of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter.
"A provocative discussion of the importance of revolutionary Mexico in the left radical and revolutionary movements of the early twentieth century. . . . [Heatherton] has expanded the meaning and impact of both manifestations of the human desire for social justice and revolutionary freedoms." — Counterpunch
"This magnificent book is an example of what happens when poets write history—or more precisely, when revolutionary poets write histories of revolution." — Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams (Twentieth Anniversary Edition): The Black Radical Imagination