Arise!: Global Radicalism in the Era of the Mexican Revolution (American Crossroads #66) (Paperback)

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Arise!: Global Radicalism in the Era of the Mexican Revolution (American Crossroads #66) (Paperback)


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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.
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.
Product Details ISBN: 9780520403055
ISBN-10: 0520403053
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: American Crossroads
"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

“For at least a century, leftwing activists, thinkers, and writers of every variety have been trying to connect the skeins of activity by the left across continents and varied populations. . . . In Arise!, Christina Heatherton offers—in our troubled world with so many defeats for the left and popular movements—a vindication of sorts. . . . It is a grand sweep, richer in details than this reviewer can easily convey.”
— The Progressive Magazine

“It is not only [its] insistently transnational orientation that sets . . . Heatherton’s book apart. . . . It is [its] hopefulness, [its] radical faith in the undying capacity of human beings to come together to defy the color line and overturn relations of exploitation and abuse — even, and especially, in the most disorienting of historical conditions. . . . Arise! exemplif[ies] a new kind of revolutionary history, suited to a new era of struggle in the US-Mexico borderlands and beyond.”
— Jacobin

Arise! . . .  emphasize[s] that organizing need not begin with ideological consistency. Instead, radical possibility can be made by paying attention to the place and conditions of the people who find themselves together.”
— Public Books

"Heatherton weaves together the threads of a historical web that emanated from revolutionary Mexico, filling in crucial gaps and connecting diverse narratives. In doing so . . . [she] places it in the pantheon of history’s great revolutions."
— El Pais

Arise! connects a buried history of internationalist struggle . . . and enables us to reinterpret this period in a new light.”
— Spectre

"An invitation to seriously and collectively reflect on the political role that the writing of history has in the context of the multifaceted planetary crisis that we face today."
— Hispanic American Historical Review